Philadelphia Mayor Proposes Closing 11 Free Library of Philadelphia Branches
In Response to 2008 Budget Crisis

Closings Include 4 Historic Carnegie Libraries: Holmesburg, Logan, Kingsessing and Haddington.

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Dougherty, Amy. "Letters: A united community kept our libraries open." Letter-to-the-Editor.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009 Nov. 13.

Bender, William. "Darby mayor: Historic library staying open."
Philadelphia Daily News 2009 Nov. 14.
Oldest, continuously operated, public library in America, in Philadelphia suburb of Darby (not a part of Free Library of Philadelphia system), to remain open after funding shortfall threatened library's history.

Glovas, Kim. "Phila. Library Activists March to Protest Branch Closures."
KYW-AM 1060 News Radio, Philadelphia 2008 Dec. 9.

Salisbury, Stephan. "Alliance urges Nutter not to close libraries."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 9.
"The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia has called on Mayor Nutter to reconsider plans to shut down four of the 11 branch libraries targeted for closure..."--the four historic Carnegie Libraries.

Lubrano, Alfred and Jeff Shields. "Closing Phila. library has unexpected owners."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 9.
Holmesburg Branch Library, one of the historic Carnegie Libraries slated for closure on January 1, may revert back to the trustees of Lower Dublin Academy, according to a 1907 hand-written deed.

Gelbart, Marcia and Patrick Kerkstra. "Nutter says city finances are getting worse."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 9.
Holmesburg Branch Library, one of the historic Carnegie Libraries slated for closure on January 1, was one of the subjects discussed at latest town hall meeting Mayor Nutter called regarding budget crisis.

Melwert, Jim. "Mayor Nutter: City's Finances Getting Worse."
KYW-AM 1060 News Radio, Philadelphia 2008 Dec. 8.

Gelbart, Marcia and Patrick Kerkstra. "Nutter says city’s financial picture getting worse."
The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Dec. 8.

Waxman, Ben. "Mayor's forums could use a boost." Commentary.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Dec. 8.

Sokoloff, Harris. "Budget forums should dig deeper into issues." Commentary.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 8.

Gelbart, Marcia. "Fewer layoffs than expected for Phila. city workers."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 6.

Lucey, Catherine. "City to hand out fewer pink slips than expected today."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Dec. 5.

"Philadelphia to lay off some employees on Friday."
AP/Philly.com/The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Dec. 5.

Shields, Jeff. "Phila. Council urges delaying library closures."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 5.

Brennan, Chris. "Council: We need more time to debate library cuts."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Dec. 5.

Rubin, Daniel. "Daniel Rubin: Operator, where is the nearest library?" Column.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 4.

John-Hall, Annette. "Annette John-Hall: With city budget drama in spotlight, small acts of philanthropy shine." Column.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 3.

"Save the Libraries Dec. 6 Rally at Central Library." Poster.
Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia 2008 Dec. 3.

"City Council Resolution to Defer Library Closings; Save the Libraries Rally." News Release.
Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia 2008 Dec. 3.

Kerkstra, Patrick. "Nutter again faces a crowd angry at budget cuts."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 2.

Tales, Dafney. "Residents keep up attacks on cutbacks."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Dec. 2.

Polaneczky, Ronnie. "Ronnie Polaneczky: SugarHouse & Fishtown: Love at first site?" Column.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Dec. 2.

Mitman, Hayden. "Neighborhood rinks off thin ice, for now."
Star Publications/Philly.com/The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Dec. 2.

Walsh, Glenn. "Carnegie Library's Plan to Close Branch Libraries?" Address.
Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearing 2008 Dec. 1.

Waddington Jr., James R. and Steven T. Wray. "Bear crisis by resizing, reimagining." Commentary.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 30.

"PROTESTS SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT LIBRARIES." Editorial.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 28.

Ali, Fatimah. "Fatimah Ali: The city's fiscal mess: We're all in it together." Column.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 28.

Lubrano, Alfred. "Money sought, plans offered to keep Philadelphia libraries open."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 27.

Kerkstra, Patrick. "Nutter gets an earful over budget cuts."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 26.

Clark, Vernon. "Ed Snider saves Philadelphia skating rinks."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 26.

Kerkstra, Patrick. "Health-care, pension costs weigh heavily on city."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 24.

Shister, Gail. "Finance director Dubow takes crisis in stride."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 24.

"Editorial: Nutter's Dilemma, City government is too big." Editorial.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 24.

Goode Sr., W. Wilson. "The story of library closings." Commentary.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 24.

Lucey, Catherine. "Monday -- Are You Mad at Mayor Nutter?" Blog: Philly Clout.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 24.

Zalot, Morgan. "Fishtowners march to save their library."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 24.

Lucey, Catherine. "City money's tight, but 3-1-1's still a go."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 24.

Davies, Dave. "Dave Davies: Nutter hits a rough patch." Column.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 24.

"Add another crisis to the list." Editorial.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 24.

Waxman, Ben. "Nutter surprised by budget blow up." Blog: It's Our Money.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 23.

Gelbart, Marcia. "Budget isn't only gap vexing Nutter."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 23.

Kogan, Deen. "Libraries before arts." Letter-to-the-Editor.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 22.
(Third of six letters on web page)

Waxman, Ben. "Citypaper analyzes budget data." Blog.
Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 21.

Thompson, Isaiah. "Investigate for Yourself: CP’s Public Library Database." Blog.
Philadelphia City Paper On-Line 2008 Nov. 21.

Lucey, Catherine and Chris Brennan. "Mayor Meets with Library Advocates, Stands By Closings." Blog.
Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 21.

Lucey, Catherine and Chris Brennan. "Friday -- Should Council take fights to Boxing Ring?" Blog.
Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 21.

Polaneczky, Ronnie. "I Wish I'd Written This." Blog.
Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 21.

Saffron, Inga. "Changing Skyline: Cuts weren't in Carnegie's library plans." Column.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 21.

Brennan, Chris. "Council members could fight for real."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 21.

"More than shelves and books, An abridged look at 11 branches slated for closing."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 21.

Polaneczky, Ronnie. "Ronnie Polaneczky: Shutdowns a blow to the communities." Column.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 21.

Goldstein, Libby J. "Letters: Target the tax abatements." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 21.

"Poll: Most back Nutter’s cutbacks." Column.
Philadelphia Business Journal 2008 Nov. 21.

Dagenais, Bernard. "Nutter’s plan should be challenged." Column.
Philadelphia Business Journal 2008 Nov. 21.

Mayes, Eric. "Mayor Nutter invites residents to review budget cuts."
The Philadelphia Tribune 2008 Nov. 21.

DeHuff, Jenny. "Council Shelves Library Closings."
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 20.

Giordano, Dom. "Plea For Mayor Nutter To Save The Libraries." Commentary.
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 20.

Vincent, Joshua. "Philadelphia: Realizing Our Potential." Commentary.
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 20.

Lubrano, Alfred. "Holmesburg library's impending closing puzzles its users."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 20.

Graham, Kristen A. "Shortage of books plagues some city schools."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 20.

Shields, Jeff. "Council approves budget-cutting measures."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 20.

Brennan, Chris. "Council supports Nutter measures for budget cuts."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 20.

Lipartito, Nicky. "Past As Prologue."
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 18.
Includes brief history of the four historic Carnegie Libraries proposed for closure and a brief biography of Andrew Carnegie.

DeHuff, Jenny. "Nutter To Hold Budget Meetings."
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 18.

Lucey, Catherine and Chris Brennan. "Top library activist asks for delay in branch closings."
Philly.com/Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 18.
"'We need time to gather the intelligence and financial resources that will generate a credible five year business plan to save our library system,' said Amy Dougherty, director of the Friends of the Free Library."

Goldsmith, Phil. "Some budget-cutting tips." Commentary.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 18.

Brennan, Chris. "Council grapples with Nutter aides over budget cuts." Commentary.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 18.

"SIX WAYS TO HELP THE CITY." Editorial.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 18.

Lubrano, Alfred. "Free Library chief calls for "smaller, stronger" system."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 18.

Shields, Jeff. "City details cuts in libraries, pools, fire companies."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 18.

Jones, Ayana. "Rallies protest library closings."
The Philadelphia Tribune 2008 Nov. 18.

Walsh, Glenn. "Addendum to Carnegie Library 'Rightsizing' Plan News Release."
News Release 2008 Nov. 18.
Walsh, Glenn. "Carnegie Library to Consider Closing Libraries in 'Rightsizing' Plan."
News Release 2007 Aug. 26.

Lucey, Catherine. "Top library activist asks for delay in branch closings." Blog: Philly Clout
Philly.com/Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 17.
"'We need time to gather the intelligence and financial resources that will generate a credible five year business plan to save our library system,' said Amy Dougherty, director of the Friends of the Free Library."

Lucey, Catherine for Chris Brennan. "Councilman Wonders if City Should Close All Pools." Blog.
Philly.com/Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 17.
"Councilman Frank DiCicco just asked the administration to consider closing all city pools in favor of saving some library services."

Lucey, Catherine. "Grim economy has derailed Nutter's promises."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 17.

"BUDGET CUTS: WHERE'S THE SENSE?" Editorial.
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 17.

"Letters: Readers' thoughts on city belt-tightening." Letters-to-the-Editor
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 17.

"Nutter schedules "town hall" meetings on budget cuts."
Philly.com/The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Nov. 17.

Waxman, Ben. "Is 'right-sizing' the right idea?" Blog.
Philly.com/The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Nov. 17.

Dailey, Elizabeth. "Threat to vibrancy." Letter-to-the-Editor
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 17.
(Sixth of seven letters on web page)

"Friends of the Free Library fighting budget cuts." Blog.
Philly.com/The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Nov. 16.

Lubrano, Alfred. "Lack of openness over library closings cited."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 15.

Lubrano, Alfred. "City's library-closing plan sparks outcry."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 14.

Sundheim, Chris. "3 big-city mayors seek share of federal bailout."
The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP On-Line 2008 Nov. 14.

Thompson, Isaiah. "A dark side to the Fishtown Library fight." Blog.
Philadelphia City Paper On-Line 2008 Nov. 14.

Merritt, Athena D. "Phila.’s Nutter, other mayors seeking bailout funds."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2008 Nov. 14.

Taussig, Doron. "Fishtown library advocates play hardball." Blog.
Philadelphia City Paper On-Line 2008 Nov. 13.

Thompson, Isaiah. "A Library Legend, The Fishtown Branch was saved once before."
Philadelphia City Paper 2008 Nov. 12.

Arnold, Diane. "Libraries, again." Letters-to-the-Editor
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 12.
(Third of six letters on web page)

Liotta, Carter. "Letters: Closing our library is an arbitrary decision." Letters-to-the-Editor
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 12.

Lubrano, Alfred. "Fishtown residents rally to save library."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 11.

Tales, Dafney. "Plans for library closures spark Fishtown protest."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Nov. 11.

Lord, Rich. "City weathering financial storm."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2009 Nov. 11.
"While governments elsewhere slash programs or raise taxes, the city of Pittsburgh expects to do neither next year, according to the plan Mayor Luke Ravenstahl gave to City Council yesterday.
"Philadelphia plans to mothball 68 pools, 11 libraries and three ice rinks. The state is halving funding for some educational, veterans and business development programs. Allegheny County is spared only because of its new drink and car rental taxes."

Thompson, Isaiah. "To Kill a Library: Friends of the Free Library meeting tonight in Fishtown." Blog.
Philadelphia City Paper On-Line 2008 Nov. 10.

Boccella, Kathy. "Hoping for a happy nonending at branches."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Nov. 9
"Dougherty said the Friends, a non-profit advocacy group, was excluded from the decision-making process and does not know why those 11 branches - four of them created by industrialist Andrew Carnegie - were selected...Moreover, the 11 targeted branches will be closed permanently and sold, even though some of them are historic buildings."

DeHuff, Jenny. "Nutter Outlines Budget Cuts."
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 2008 Nov. 7.

"Nutter: Budget crisis; many service cuts permanent."
The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2008 Nov. 6.

"Nutter Slashes Police & Fire Departments, Tax Reductions, City Services."
Philadelphia Daily News On-Line 2008 Nov. 6.

"Philadelphia mayor outlines drastic budget cuts."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Nov. 6.
"Eleven libraries will close, and three others will lose their Sunday hours."

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