Library Reform Group

December 31, 2008

Providence Community Library Holds Press Conference

Filed under: 1,Events — Patricia @ 5:04 pm

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 5, representatives of the newly formed Providence Community Library will hold a press conference on the second-floor steps in Providence City Hall to announce that this non-profit organization is prepared to take over the PPL library branches.  The Providence Community Library pledges to raise funds for and operate a branch library system that will continue to provide services for patrons at ALL NINE Providence neighborhood branches.    

The Providence Public Library Board of Trustees has voted to approve a plan that would keep Central open but reduce the number of branches from the current nine down to FOUR, starting by July 2009.   We find this unacceptable, and we call upon the City to refuse to provide the present level of library funding to support this new PPL plan. 


We ask the City to transfer its library funding to the Providence Community Library, which will ensure continued access to a full branch library system that provides services and programs that meet the needs of library patrons across the City.


It’s time for a new community-based branch library system! 













  1. Good Luck! I hope this works out–the library is too important to just drip away the way it has. I’m sorry I’m not there to help.

    Comment by jen coleslaw — January 6, 2009 @ 12:33 am | Reply

  2. What was the outcome, good or bad, of the meeting with the City Council concerning the Proposed finance plan?

    Comment by John Q. Public — January 12, 2009 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • The Finance Committee presentation went fairly well. In addition to three of the five members of the Finance Committee, six additional City Councilors attended the meeting as well.

      The Council, especially the Chair, John Igliozzi, asked a number of questions but they seemed receptive to our proposal, and they reiterated their pledge not to close any branches, even if they stopped short of endorsing our plan. They wanted to know what the Mayor’s position on this was, and had our proposal been vetted by someone who knew more about library finances and operations than they did. Igliozzi instructed Rich Kerbel, along with Leo Perrotta, who was also at the meeting, to set up a series of meetings that would include the Mayor’s staff and a representative from the Council to meet with the “library people” (I presume he meant both PPL and PCL) to discuss the plans in more detail.

      Since it is clear that the City Council is looking for guidance from the Mayor on this and wants assurance that our plan is viable, we are working on providing that assurance.

      Comment by LibraryReformer — February 7, 2009 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

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