Statement before Glenn A. Walsh
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Library Buildings 2004 March 30
Good morning. I am Glenn A.
Despite the opposition of the
majority of residents in the
The Lawrenceville Library is a true library pioneer:
First of more
than one hundred neighborhood branch libraries built by Andrew Carnegie in the
Ø First specifically designed and constructed library Children’s Room
Ø First library specifically designed to allow the public direct access to the book stacks, including a central circulation desk
Ø Building design became a model for Carnegie Libraries throughout the world
Next to the historic
Lawrenceville Library building is the
Although Carnegie Library
complains there is little parking near the Library, Library patrons regularly
use the community center’s parking lot next to the Library, including during
special events in the Library’s large auditorium;
At last year’s Carnegie Library budget hearing before the RAD Board, Library Director Herb Elish said he would not move the Hazelwood Library until the neighborhood was consulted. Yet, at the neighborhood meeting in September, he told the audience that the decision to move the library had already been made! How can this, truly, be considered “consulting with the neighborhood”?
In December, right in this chamber during Carnegie Library’s annual budget hearing, Councilman Len Bodack told Library Director Herb Elish that the Lawrenceville neighborhood wanted their library kept in the historic library building. Yet, Library management is still planning to move the Lawrenceville Branch.
I ask that this Council tell, yes tell, Carnegie Library that they must hold at least one widely-publicized meeting, open to the general public, before any official, or even unofficial, decisions are made to move a library. And, unlike the token neighborhood meeting in Hazelwood last year, you must tell Carnegie Library that they must really listen to the wishes of the majority of residents of the neighborhood. In the case of Lawrenceville, it is urgent that this be done right away.
If this Council does nothing, you will be allowing a bureaucracy to utilize taxpayer money with no accountability to the people—once again, taxation without representation!