Skip to main content

Pennsylvania Library Association Asking For Your Help

Received this last week:
Good afternoon, library advocates.

As we head into busy season for the next state budget, the Pennsylvania Library Association asks that you be in touch with your state legislators and the Governor to urge their support for level funding for library services next year.

We recognize that it has been a difficult few years for our nation’s economy and for Pennsylvanians in need of work. No group understands this better than our libraries whose staff and volunteers have done their level best—even in the face of reduced budgets—to meet the increasing need for services, especially for people searching and applying for work or job training. Just consider, between 2006 and 2010, increased demand for library services showed:
  • Library visits, up 4%
  • Number of books and DVDs lent, up 6%
  • Attendance at library programs, up 9%
  • Computer searches in library databases, up 50%
  • Number of items shared among libraries, up 58%
  • Number of digital items opened and examined, up 72%
  • Number of reference questions answered via “Ask Here PA,” up over 400%

This year, we do not seek full restoration of funding, even though the case for restoration is strong. We recognize that the effects of recession persist in PA and that the state budget is out of balance. At the same time, having lost more than 35% of state support since just 2008, librarians and library workers (those still working and those who were laid off) have already shared fully in the fiscal pain of this recession.

Today we simply ask that the consequences of the funding losses since 2008 not be worsened by an additional 5% loss. Instead we respectfully request that library funding be maintained at 2011-12 levels so that libraries can strive yet again to meet increased demand and continue to provide the best quality services possible despite funding that has already been cut more than 35%.

Please visit http://www.capwiz.com/ala/pa/home/ for more information and a sample email message that you can edit and send to your state senator and state representative, and to the Governor as well. We know that we can make a big difference when we join together in a common mission and message.

We trust that better days lie ahead. We hope and expect that a time for repairing the state’s support for libraries will come, and that libraries can and will play a vital role in moving PA Forward.

Thank you for your great support for libraries and for your help in spreading the word and contacting your elected officials. Stay tuned for more information and updates in the weeks ahead.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Several Local Businesses Closing Up Shop

Over the next couple of months, three local businesses will be closing their doors.

On Saturday, February 16th, Polka Dots will be closing their store at 246 Bridge Street. The shop, a women's clothing boutique, opened nearly two and a half years ago but has recently found business slow.

---
Originally, (owner Susan) Randels said that the store was doing well, but that the momentum could not keep up.

"The things that sold in Paoli didn't sell in Phoenixville," she said, adding that some customers thought that the store was too expensive or the sizing did not go high enough (size 12 being the highest size sold). "We tried everything."

Randels also said that parking was an issue for many of her customers who could either not find spaces or did not feel safe parking behind the store.
---

Polka Dots remains open until the 16th, with hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 610-935-5914. Clothing and shoes are bei…

Public meeting to discuss future of Melchiorre Park scheduled for Nov. 29th

On Thursday, November 29th, the Borough is holding a 'brainstorming session' in which plans for Melchiorre Park will be discussed with its park planning consultants. The event will be held at the High School and will begin 7pm.

For those of you who do not know about Melchiorre Park (of which I am included, even though I apparently live across the street from it), it is a 23 acre park located south of High Street on the land between it and French Creek. It appears, based on the drawing on the Borough home page, to be the land that is next to Westridge Village and across the street from the new Northridge Village community.

As part of the meeting, the consultants will 'provide a brief background of the project and present a pre-final master plan for the park'.


Source: Phoenixville Borough Website

Local Business Spotlight: The Fenix

As mentioned a couple of months back, Phoenixville will soon be home to a premium martini and whiskey bar. Named The Fenix, it is owned by the owners of Molly Maguire's and will be located right next door to Molly's at 193 Bridge Stret.

The Fenix hopes to have a soft opening tonight or tomorrow with a grand opening coming in September. I sent an email into General Manager Michael Matarazzo who had this to say regarding the new venture:

---
Opening in September 2008, The Fenix will offer a unique selection of over 15 specialty martinis as well as classic cocktails, fine wines and spirits. An eye-catching menu of delicious food will also be available along with great music and live DJ’s.

The Fenix will create an exciting and varied cocktail party atmosphere every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm. Our guests will enjoy the comfortable lounge for food or a casual after work drink. Later on, they can listen or dance to the best music and DJ’s around or just gather at the sty…