Over two dozen library patrons crowded into the Wanskuck Library to hear about PPL’s plans to close the small branches, including Wanskuck, and PCL’s proposal to keep them open.
Patricia Raub represented PCL, but no one from Providence Public Library was on hand to present the Library’s position. Council President Peter Mancini and Councilman Nick Narducci vowed to keep all of the branches open, and both of them pledged their support to Providence Community Library.
The audience asked dozens of questions and made many statements attesting to the importance of their branch library–for neighborhood children, for teachers, for older people, and for those without Internet access at home. Speakers noted that the library is located close to two schools, giving students from these schools convenient access to library services. Where would neighborhood patrons go if Wanskuck Library closed, many wanted to know, as other libraries are too far away to walk to, and there is no direct bus connections to Mount Pleasant Library?
A number of people signed up to join the Wanskuck Friends of the Library group–and one patron volunteered to replace the library’s bulletin board with a bigger and sturdier one.