Library Reform Group

December 30, 2007

Children’s Specialist Positions in Jeopardy

Filed under: News — Patricia @ 1:08 pm

PPL is currently planning to lay off seven branch children’s specialists in March. What will be the impact of these projected layoffs? Staffing at all the branches will be drastically cut. Consequently, programs and services will be severely reduced or eliminated altogether. Therefore, there will be no reason for Providence children to come to their library since the programs designed to help them will have been eliminated. Providence will have one less place for children to engage in safe, educational and meaningful neighborhood programs.

For a more comprehensive overview of the impact of these layoffs on the branches, read this factsheet.

What can YOU do to help avert this disaster? You need to call or write to the Mayor and to your City Councilor, asking them to work with Providence Public Library to start a fund-raising campaign NOW that will save these positions for the rest of this fiscal year—and for the years to come.

If you choose to write to your elected officials, print the letters on our website to Mayor David Cicilline and Your City Councilor, add your address, sign your name, and mail the letters TODAY. (Note: if you aren’t sure who your city councilor is, visit this interactive map.)

The Smith Hill Community Development Corporation has circulated a letter on behalf of the Children’s Specialists to the PPL Board members. Click here to read it.

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