Sunday, December 20, 2009

How Did They Do It? Audio interviews with 5 organizers from the Coalition to Save the Libraries on winning and the struggle ahead

In the beginning of December, the Coalition to Save the Libraries celebrated its one-year anniversary. Sarah S. conducted interviews with five coalition members to create an audio piece telling part of the story of how the Coalition was successful in keeping all of Philadelphia's libraries open, and the work that has followed that initial victory.

Although all of the libraries are still open, budget cuts have resulted in random closures and an overall decrease in open hours in neighborhood branches. Like most other city services, the libraries will continue to face state and city budget cuts in the upcoming year.