Library Reform Group

February 20, 2009

Residents Brave Snow to Attend Olneyville Forum

Filed under: 1 — Patricia @ 12:23 pm

On Wednesday, February 18, about thirty local residents made their way to the Olneyville Library in the snow to hear panelists discuss the future of the branch libraries.  The forum was sponsored by Olneyville Neighborhood Association, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, and English for Action and moderated by Elizabeth Walsh, English for Action’s Education Director.   PPL Trustee Bill Simmons presented the Library’s proposal for restructuring the library system by reducing the system to Central Plus Four Branches, and PCL President Marcus Mitchell countered with the Providence Community Library’s plan for keeping all nine neighborhood branches open.

Councilwoman Josephine DiRuzzo reminded the audience of the long struggle nearly 20 years ago to reopen Olneyville Library, and she vowed that she was committed to keeping the library branch open in the future.

The audience seemed dubious that PPL’s plan to convert the smaller libraries, including Olneyville, into community centers was viable.  RI State Senator Paul V. Jabour asked a number of questions and offered the help of the Providence delegation to the RI legislator to broker a solution to the library issue.

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