Saturday, September 12, 2009


It’s a sad day for Benjamin Franklin.

Along with inventing bifocals, the Franklin stove, and the first fire department, Benjamin Franklin formed the first public lending library in America, in the city of Philadelphia.

Today it was announced that as of October 2, 2009, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be closing all of its branches due to lack of funding by the State Legislature.

Not only will there be no lending libraries, but all the programs operating through the library system will be discontinued. These included children’s after-school programs, computer classes, GED, ABE and ESL programs, and library visits to schools, day care centers, and senior centers.

I think this sets a very dangerous precedent. It’s a slap in the face of literacy, as well as a grave insult to one of our Founding Fathers. So even though I don’t live in Philadelphia, as a lover of books, I’m going to see what I can do about it.

If you’d like to read more information and take up the fight with me, start here:

Sarah McKerrigan...
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007
DANGER'S KISS - Flirting with trouble May 2008


Diana Holquist said...

I do live in Philadelphia, and I can tell you--it's REALLY sad.

The city, though, is struggling like mad and no one wants to pay a dime more in taxes. It's a tough, tough situation and Mayor Nutter is doing an amazing job doing what he can. When he had to close 11 library branches last year, private folks stepped in and kept most of them open. I hope the same will happen with the Free Library.

Just goes to show, nothing is really free.

Sarah McKerrigan said...

It's just hard to believe that an institution that has done fine for 200 years is suddenly floundering, unless taxes have been drastically cut or wages drastically raised.

Barbara said...

Hope something can be done - it's a real shame that the city is reduced to closing libraries.

Diana Holquist said...

Good news--the state budget passed last night, and all the libraries will be fine. They raised the sales tax 1% and did some other pension stuff, and for now, the free library is both free and a library.



Sarah McKerrigan said...

This is excellent news!

Alan said...

Literary Advocates Redefine Their World Without Books
Read it at

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