Monday, May 24, 2010

Pittsburgh Is Trying to Do the Right Thing with Its Libraries

Link to May 20 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article, "Pittsburgh Council weighs funding Carnegie Library".

Excerpt: City Council introduced a measure today that would give the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh $640,000 to help keep all of its branches open through the remainder of the year.

The legislation was sponsored by council members Bruce Kraus, R. Daniel Lavelle, Bill Peduto, Natalia Rudiak, Doug Shields and Theresa Smith, giving the measure a veto-proof majority. The money would come from the city's capital budget.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said earlier this week he would consider diverting the money the library system needs to help them keep all branches open, but is still waiting for library officials to turn over financial documents he requested. Ravenstahl would not say whether he would veto the measure

Related articles:
City council vote may save branches. (12/1/2009)
Declining population major factor in library funding crisis.  (11/8/2009)
Changes angers community.  (10/31/2009)
Libraries pull up to the pump.  (10/31/2009)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh gets a reaction.  (10/7/2009)

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