Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Asset District Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
Public Hearing: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Proposed Closure Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
Of Carnegie Libraries Internet Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
2009 October 21
Good afternoon, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
For more than a year, I have been warning you about Carnegie Library’s plans to close branch libraries. Now, they finally have issued firm plans to close several branches, and perhaps relocate a few of them.
On September 15, I was the guest speaker at the reopening of a Carnegie Library in suburban
If they can reopen their library after 22 years, then certainly we could reopen library branches once the economy improves.
Today, I ask that you demand that Carnegie Library consider all library closures as temporary and provide you a written plan to reopen closed libraries once the economic conditions improve. Such a plan should include a requirement that, at their annual budget hearing, Carnegie Library make written justification why each branch must remain closed.
To do anything less, would be to allow Carnegie Library to continue receiving the same amount of RAD funds, while providing considerably less service to the public. Otherwise, some of Carnegie Library’s funding should be diverted to suburban libraries on the fringe of the city, which will have to, now, provide service to additional city residents who lost their neighborhood library.
Do not allow Carnegie Library to proceed with these library closings as permanent.