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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:31 PM
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Fort Worth's city council was planning to close some libraries...
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 04:35 PM by redqueen
but people protested, and they reworked the budget, so now the libraries will be staying open.

Strangely, I can't seem to find this in the news. It was reported this morning (on FOX even)... but despite my not being able to find a positive article about it, I thought it was some good news that deserved to be shared.

Here's a negative article about it: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/Fort-Worth-Puts-P...


Stuff like this deserves to be known:

Gene Kuhler, who has lived near the Meadowbrook library for 52 years, said it is an important part of the community. His kids and grandkids have been in book clubs at Meadowbrook, and people use the computers almost constantly.

"Whatever you have is a godsend," he said. "Even though the branch may be small, you can order things from other libraries."

Jacob Velasquez, 14, has kept a vigil outside the Wedgwood library since August and has gathered more than 1,600 signatures on a petition to keep it open. If it closes, the nearest library would be across Hulen Street and Interstate 20.

"You have people who walk here, kids ride their bikes here," he said. "You cant do that across Hulen and Interstate 20."


http://www.star-telegram.com/local/story/1571810.html
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:38 PM
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1. I have always wondered why we do not use our school buildings for
more than just children. There are swimming pools, libraries, gyms and meeting rooms in them that could be a valuable part of the whole community and the money for separate services could be used to advantage for all. IF they have to cut back on libraries wouldn't it make sense to consolidate the services under one roof?
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:32 PM
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2. Space?
When I lived in a big city, the school libraries in the schools I visited were very dinky... the city library is huge and wonderful.

Now that I live in the boonies, the school libraries are dinky... and that's all we have.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:53 PM
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7. What I am suggesting is combining resources with the idea of making
them both better.
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:34 PM
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3. I took my older child to the Meadowbrook library when we lived there.
It was busy then too. The person who said the computers were regularly taken was also correct. It took a while to get internet access there. A good number of homeless people used the computers too.

Nice to see that it's staying open, and it's even better to see local activism. Thanks for the post.

:dem:

-Laelth
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:39 PM
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5. I hope people read this and remember it...
when they decide to shit all over Texans as being mouth breathers or whatever dumbassery they decide to spew that day.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:37 PM
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4. We have been fighting for ages in Florida. They are still trying to cut funds.
We are still fighting. I am getting some stuff together on Florida's shenanigans.

Thanks so much for posting this. Fighting back is essential.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:53 PM
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6. It's a much tougher fight in red areas... very hard to make progress.
Good on you for fighting back. :)
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