Save the Fishtown library update 11/21

Becky's picture

For those of you not on the Fishtown Neighbors Association e-mail list, here's the latest library info that went out today. If you're not on the list, you can sign up here: http://fishtownlife.com/mailman/listinfo/announcements_fishtownlife.com

* The actual closure date of the Fishtown branch has changed several times. The latest information now states that our branch will close on Jan 1, 2009.
* In light of the current budget situation, the group, along with the Friends of the Free Library is advocating for:
o a temporary reduction in services/hours across all branches instead of the permanent closure of any branch
o a delay in the proposed branch closures that will allow communities and the administration to work out an alternate solution to permanent branch closures
* Fishtown and other library friends had a strong presence in Thursday's city council meeting. We hoped that council would pass a resolution asking Mayor Nutter to delay the branch closings; however, it was decided to delay that vote until Thurs. 12/4.
* What you can do RIGHT NOW:
1. Contact your councilperson and ask them to support the above resolution or introduce themselves on 12/4. Contact information and a "councilperson lookup" is at http://www.phila.gov/citycouncil/about.html
2. Write a letter to Mayor Nutter. He will be the decider, not city council. A mailed letter is the most effective.
3. Attend the rally this Sunday, 11/23 at 2 PM. We'll meet at the Fishtown library, rally, and march to the Kensington library at Front and Dauphin to demonstrate the distance between the two branches. The media has been invited, so it's important to have a large showing.
4. Plan to attend the December 4th city council meeting, which will be held at City Hall at 10 AM.

Becky's picture

Bump. Sorry for the weird

Bump. Sorry for the weird formatting in this post--I was cutting and pasting from the FNA update.

I'm bumping this because everyone who cares about the Fishtown library should call their councilperson TOMORROW and tell him or her to work with the mayor and the impacted communities to keep the libraries open. Also, we need to keep contacting Mayor Nutter--personalized letters are best if you can manage it.

Be squeaky wheels!

AM's picture

Bump. Please let's light up

Bump. Please let's light up Councilman Clarke's phones today. Call 215-686-3442 and let your feelings be known. We need our library!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Dan/Everyone: Please

Dan/Everyone:

Please remember that our neighborhood has been gerrymandered; Darrell isn't the only councilperson serving this area.

For those who are in the 1st Councilmatic District -- CALL Councilman Frank DiCicco -- 215 686 3458.

Hell -- Call the Council At Large; they represent you.

Jim Kenney -- 215 686 3450
Blondell Reynolds Brown -- 215 686-3438
W. Wilson Goode, Jr. -- 215 686-3414
Bill Green -- 215 686-3420
William K. Greenlee -- 215 686-3446
Jack Kelly -- 215 686-3452
Frank Rizzo -- 215 686-3440

dan's picture

Pure_Fishtown

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

Dan/Everyone:

Please remember that our neighborhood has been gerrymandered; Darrell isn't the only councilperson serving this area.

Thanks for the reminder.

I know this is true b/c I live in DiCicco's section. I am echoing the call that was put out, because I thought the idea was to hit one councilperson.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

I say, hit them all! The

I say, hit them all! The city's website is very slow today; I wonder if lots of people are emailing. A friend of mine works for a councilperson, she told me several years ago that when you email anyone who works for the city; the email gets checked before it reaches the person/s addressed.

Becky's picture

Nice banner,

Nice banner, Dan--thanks!

Just called Clarke again and reminded his office that council people are elected to serve the citizens and not the administration. I expect him to fight on our behalf for the library to remain open.

BTW, the people who answer the phone are very friendly, so don't be scared to call.

AM's picture

Becky wrote:Nice banner,

Becky wrote:

Nice banner, Dan--thanks!

Just called Clarke again and reminded his office that council people are elected to serve the citizens and not the administration. I expect him to fight on our behalf for the library to remain open.

BTW, the people who answer the phone are very friendly, so don't be scared to call.

They are very nice - I called repeatedly and received a pleasant response every time.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

I just got off the phone

I just got off the phone with a "friend" in Clarke's office, the phones have been ringing off the hook all day. People have been calling and some of the feedback is "I supported Nutter but will not support/vote for him again."

In my conversation, I told them that I wanted to see Clarke at the rallies and other meetings regarding the libraries. Then I asked where the libraries with Sunday hours and the mechanical leaf picking was done -- Mount Airy and the Northeast. "Wow, all these years and we weren't getting ALL city services due to us." If Darrell can't visibly be a part of fighting the Library closures; then my next vote will be invisible to him also.

Trixie's picture

I am all for saving the

I am all for saving the Fishtown library, I have been going there since I moved to Fishtown this summer. This Sunday on the way home from work, I was blocked from getting home by the library protest. Why would you protest in your own neighborhood, piss off your own neighbors and block the traffic? Shouldn't you inconvenience the mayor and city workers? Why wasn't the protest at City Hall or in front of the mayors house? I am sure people are not going to like my complaint, but it took me 30 minutes to get down Frankford to my house and I was really pissed. I love the library and I don't want it to close. Drop out rates in Philadelphia are ridiculously high, closing libraries is stupid in every way possible, but please hold the protest at city hall. Pissing off the neighborhood is not the answer.

dan's picture

It's only fair to say that

It's only fair to say that the purpose was not to block Frankford.
It was a march, and Frankford was part of the "parade route".
The intention was not to target the neighborhood.

Sorry that you were unfortunate enough to hit Frankford while the march was going that through that area.