I don't exactly know what to say about this, except that it took Facebook for me to be aware of this. I guess I should read more newspapers, in all my spare time.
I've been aware of the threatened cuts to arts funding. I've written my representatives, I've posted messages to friends. But this goes way beyond anything I could have imagined: the home of Ben Franklin without a public library.
No after school programs. No support for the public schools when kids need library access. No senior programs. No free public computer/internet access. No free BOOKS.
What do you think might happen in a city without library services? I guarantee, it will not be good.
So call your representatives. Write to them. Post on your blogs and facebook and twitter. I shudder to think what might happen if the Free Library of Philadelphia closes its doors.
Thank you, and good night.