Library Reform Group

February 14, 2009

Mount Pleasant Friends Sponsor Public Forum

Filed under: 1,Events — Patricia @ 12:19 pm

On Tuesday, February 10, the Mount Pleasant Friends of the Library sponsored an informational forum on the Future of the Branches, moderated by Ray Arsenault.  The panelists included Councilman Michael Solomon, PPL trustee Bill Simmons, and PCL representatives Ellen Schwartz and Patricia Raub.  As at the previous forums, each side presented its plan for restructuring the branches in coming years, with perhaps a bit more acrimonious tone between the PPL and PCL presenters than in earlier forums. 

Councilman Solomon pledged, on behalf of the City Council, to keep all nine branches open as libraries, a course of action fervently supported by members of the audience, some of whom felt that the best solution would be for PPL and PCL to join forces.  Neither PPL nor PCL representatives seemed enthusiastic about this suggestion.

Bill Simmons noted that PPL has reached out to the City Council for help in enlisting the aid of area colleges and universities in keeping the smaller branches open as community centers, to which Councilman Solomon responded, “That’s news to me!”

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