The Friends of the South End Library has organized a public meeting with the South End's city and state representatives on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 PM at the South End Library. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Representatives Byron Rushing and Aaron Michlewitz, and Boston District Councillors Chuck Turner and Bill Linehan all have agreed to attend. In addition, a spokesperson for Governor Deval Patrick's office has promised to send a representative. Tabitha Bennett, the South End liaison for the Mayor's Office, was invited to give an update on the current thinking of Mayor Menino's plan to close up one-third of the BPL's neighborhood libraries, but has not yet confirmed.
FOSEL has asked the elected officials to address both the short-term funding crisis and the long-term stability of the Boston public libraries. Specifically, FOSEL would like the legislators to tell us what help they need from their constituents to become the strongest possible library advocates they can be at the state, municipal and federal levels, now and in the future. We also hope to get an update on yesterday's Massachusetts' Boston delegation meeting with BPL President Amy Ryan.
The FOSEL-sponsored 6:30 PM event takes place on the same day as the next Special BPL Trustees meeting, scheduled yesterday for Wednesday, March 24 at 3:00 PM at Copley Library's Rabb Hall.