Tuesday, December 30, 2008


When the Coalition to Save the Libraries began this struggle, Mayor Nutter was poised to close, abandon, and sell off 11 of our precious library branches.

Almost immediately, he seemed to forget all about selling off the buildings. And then he tried to buy us off with a few cheap knockoff libraries - with scant services and without librarians. And all of Philly let him hear our resounding NO.

And now, today - 
BREAKING NEWS: Judge Idee Fox rules against Mayor Nutter's decision to close branch libraries without the approval of City Council.

The Coalition will sponsor a New Year's Eve celebration of the past, present and future of Philadelphia's libraries at the Kingsessing branch, 51st and Kingsessing, beginning at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, December 31st.

We would like to commend Judge Fox on her decision to issue an injunction halting the library closings. We would also like to congratulate the lawyers and plaintiffs whose hard work helped to bring about this important victory.  Most importantly, we recognize the efforts of every resident who spoke at a Town Hall meeting, attended a rally at their library, and was active in their community on this issue.  Because of everyone's passion and hard work, we will ring in the New Year with all our beloved libraries open!

This is a victory for every child, senior, and community member who needs the basic services that our Free Libraries provide every day.  We look forward to working together with Mayor Nutter and City Council to continue to improve our library services and to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to the education and opportunities that they deserve.  

Here are some photos from todays People's Court Indictment - bringing the pressure to the front steps of City Hall on the day of our legal victory!


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