July 1 marked PCL’s first anniversary as a community-operated library system, and we had a city-wide birthday celebration. We cut cakes at exactly 4:30 at all nine libraries–including, of course, the five libraries PPL had slated for closure last July 1. We are delighted that we have managed to keep all nine libraries open and have finished this first year having spent no more than we have raised. For the first year in some time, there were no threats to close neighborhood libraries, lay off staff or discontinue library programs.
Each library celebrated the occasion as it wished, with parties organized by the Library Friends groups. While a few libraries limited themselves to eating cake (donated by Whole Foods on Waterman Street), others held barbeques, organized games for children, or featured story tellers. One library’s highlighted activity was a visit from the Zoo Mobile, with demonstrations of (small) animals–no giraffes or elephants.
Many City Councilors dropped by to share in the festivities–and to receive our gratitude once again for their assistance in keeping our libraries open–and a number of candidates for public office were also on hand.
We feel that we start our second year with more confidence than we had this time last year. We have proven to ourselves–and to others–that we can operate the PCL library system successfully, and we look forward to strengthening and expanding our programs and services in the year(s) ahead.
Thank YOU for your help in making our venture a success!