Statement before the Glenn
Asset District: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
North Side Internet Site: < http://www.planetarium.cc
Good evening. I am Glenn A.
Last August, The Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh announced that they would abandon the historic Allegheny
Regional Branch Library, the nation’s first publicly-funded
Carnegie Library built in the neighborhood where Andrew Carnegie grew-up, to
build a new library structure three blocks away. Yet, in the presentation to
you on March 26, I received the distinct impression that Carnegie Library
wanted to have it both ways—build a new public library on
Library Director Barbara
Mistick emphasized the Library’s interest in cataloging and storing older books
in the original Allegheny Regional Branch building. She even had a new name for
it: the “Allegheny Depository”! Is the historic Allegheny Regional Branch
Library now to become simply a book warehouse, where the public is not invited?
You should investigate further the Library’s plans for the original Allegheny
Regional Branch building.
Secondly, on March 26, and
in December before
The repair of the original
Allegheny Regional Library building is nearly complete. Yet, my impression is
that, when complete, Carnegie Library has no plans to reopen this library. So,
a fully-functional library, with all of the books, will remain closed while
Carnegie Library attempts to raise funds to build a new library.
Does this sound to you like
it is in the public interest? Should the portion of funds you provide to
Carnegie Library, to serve the residents of the Lower North Side, be diverted
to other uses while Carnegie Library tries to raise capital funds for a new
I think not. I ask that you
insist that Carnegie Library reopen the historic Allegheny Regional Branch
Library as soon as the building’s repairs are complete.