Monday, September 14, 2009

Free Library of Philadelphia

Chilling news from the Free Library of Philadelphia:
We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

Frequently asked questions about the closings here


John Nowlin said...

Maybe it is time to take these libraries out of the government funded realm.

Aimee Reist said...

For those following the impeding closure of the Free Library of Philadelphia, here is an (opinionated) update:

The Free Library of Philadelphia system will remain open after the Pennsylvania Legislature passes bill 1828. Yay! While this is very good news, something disturbing was included in the bill-- an 8% performing arts and museum tax. This tax will apply to tickets for theater, dance and performing arts events, concerts, museums, historical sites, zoos and parks. Sports are exempt. So are movies. Great idea- let's tax the nonprofit cultural institutions and leave the mega sports and entertainment franchises alone.