Midway through 8 days of librarylessness: 2 West Seattle notes

FRIENDS OF SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY AT SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Two FSPL reps spoke to the group last night, and asked again for library users to speak out to help them campaign against even more cuts next year. For starters, the survey mentioned here yesterday (direct link here) is one tool they hope to use; they also want library users to show up at budget hearings this fall, saying the usual handful of people who turn up to testify won’t be enough to impress city leaders. FSPL’s Sarel Rowe also noted that budget cuts and closures “leave a legacy” – the regular hours that don’t start till early afternoon part of the week are a never-changed holdover from years ago (as the group points out here).

USUALLY GET ONLINE AT THE LIBRARY? If you know someone who usually gets online at a library, here’s an option: Lora Lewis at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) reminds us that her shop next to the Junction Post Office has a bank of computers, and “we have Internet happy hours open to 10 am and then 4 pm to close. You receive a full hour of Internet surfing with a beverage purchase. Outside of happy hour you still receive 15 minutes free Internet surfing with a beverage and it’s just 10 cents a minute for any overage. We have desktop computers, free wireless, a black and white printer, full color scanner, black and white copier. All the desktops have the full Microsoft Office Suite. We’re open 6:30 am to 7 pm.”

3 Replies to "Midway through 8 days of librarylessness: 2 West Seattle notes"

  • Nancy F, September 3, 2009 (11:26 am)

    What a great idea to show up at council meetings in a block. I guess I’m still in denial that we can even consider cutting library hours. As more people need to look for work, continue their education, or simply stay abreast of a changing world, libraries fill an even greater need in our communities.

    If you haven’t been in one for years, stop in, after they reopen and see just how lively they are.

  • jiggers September 3, 2009 (2:37 pm)

    Don’t forget, where do the bums use the bathroom when the Central Library closes down? You have to wear a protective mask in that stench.

  • k September 3, 2009 (8:50 pm)

    I took the survey and mentioned my kids missing the library during the closure–

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