Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Indianapolis-Marion County Residents Speak Up for Their Libraries

Link to May 11 Indianapolis Star article, "Residents:  Endangered libraries help communities".

[Retiring Guy would have preferred a "stronger" adjective in the headline.]

Excerpt: Speakers at the forum, held at the Library Services Center on the Near Northside, urged Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library leaders to keep all 23 locations open.

Several pointed out that the city is being asked to chip in much more to keep the Indiana Pacers playing at Conseco Fieldhouse, a point that repeatedly drew loud cheers from the crowd. Speakers also complained that closing libraries would hurt underserved inner-city neighborhoods and force many youngsters to walk longer distances to use a computer or find books to read.

"Every family does not have a computer at home," Morris, 48, said before the meeting. "Libraries, in my opinion, do build communities."

Related articles:
The neighborhood library as refuge.  (5/2/2010)
Indianapolis Star editorial board keeps library funding issue front and center.  (4/25/2010)
Efficiency experts look for ways to keep branch libraries open.  (4/23/2010)
More than 1400 sign petition to keep Glendale branch open.  (4/20/2010)
Editorial:  Find resources for library.  (4/19/2010)
What's in store for Indianapolis-area libraries?  (4/17/2010)
Indiana Pacers bailout talks continue.  (4/16/2010)
Postscript.  (4/15/2010)
Look what's at the top of Indianapolis's to-do list.  (4/14/2010)
A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County:  Stand Up for Libraries.  (4/13/2010)
Library rally caps?  Get real, sez IndyStar editorial.  (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries?  (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings.  (4/9/2010)

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