Statement before the        Glenn A. Walsh

Allegheny Regional          P.O. Box 1041

     Asset District               Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

    Public Hearing:            Telephone: 412-561-7876

Proposed Closure            Electronic Mail: < >

Of Carnegie Libraries        Internet Site: <  >

                                                2009 October 21


Good afternoon, I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mt. Lebanon. Today I am speaking as a private citizen representing no organization.


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 Atlanta, which had been closed for 22 years! The Newnan, Georgia Carnegie Library made history by being the first Carnegie Library building—and probably the first library building of any type—to close, be reused for another purpose (as a courthouse annex), then converted back to library service!


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.


Thank you.




(News article on reverse side:

Reopening of Newnan, Georgia Carnegie Library)


Glenn A. Walsh Public Statements of 2009 October 21
Before the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District --

Annual Public Hearing Statement

Special Meeting Statement

Addendum to Special Meeting Statement