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Save Our Library – FLYER  [Click here for PDF]

As you contact City Councilors, City Manager Joe Gray and library administrators and trustees (contact information below and attached), please keep in mind these facts.
  • While it’s true that Reiche is closer to the main library than other branches, at least half of Munjoy’s population lives closer to the main library than to the Munjoy branch now that it’s housed in the East End Community School and closer than most of us to the main library.
  • The library’s stated mission includes supporting “the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.” Notice that it says “all,” not “all who read in English and who use the library in a traditional manner and who check out a lot of adult books.” 
  • Portland Public Library is a private non-profit corporation. Most of its budget comes from City tax dollars, but because it serves as one of Maine’s three Area Reference and Resource Center (ARCCs), about 5% (likely to be cut) comes from the state. All residents of York and Cumberland counties may use the library free of charge and may sit on the Board of Trustees. Currently one-third of the trustees do not reside in Portland.
  • In order for the library not to be “lackluster,” budgets for books, databases, and other materials will not be affected by budget cuts. Cuts will be “limited” to staff, hours and Reiche branch library.
  • For at least two years, while the main library is undergoing renovations, the plan calls for all children’s books to be moved to the Munjoy branch, with hours there expanded to 40 hours per week. It’s unclear what would happen to young adult and audiovisual materials.
  • Other proposed cuts: Close the main library on Mondays. Staff reductions including the Portland Room (hub for local and regional research). No administrative reductions are planned.
WENA Vice President Rosanne Graef’s letter to City Councilors and the PPL Director:
Dear Councilors and Director,
I’m writing to express my opposition to the proposed cuts in library hours that Stephen Podgajny has proposed for the Reiche Branch Library and also for the Main Library.
If there have to be cuts in hours at the branch libraries, those cuts should be spread across the board and not targeted all on one neighborhood as is being proposed by eliminating all hours at Reiche. The library at Reiche is a vital resource in supporting the school as well as the citizens in this area. Many children use that branch and are unable to go to the main library, many adults are able to quickly walk to Reiche and avoid the hassles and waste of driving and parking downtown. A section of the city where there are a considerable number of residents of moderate means especially needs the resources that a public library can offer and a period of economic uncertainty is not the time to terminate this service.
With regard to the proposal to eliminate opening the main library on Mondays, I believe this is really especially unfair to the many, many patrons who use the electronic services of the library, especially those without a computer or Internet access at home. In addition, I teach ESOL through Literacy Volunteers at the library on Monday and Wednesday mornings and do one-on-one tutoring there often. Eliminating Monday hours would have a tremendously negative impact on this program. If cutbacks in hours have to be made, I would suggest shortening each of the six open day’s hours by 1.5 hours rather than taking the whole hit of 9 hours on Monday.
Sincerely yours,
Rosanne Graef
Meeting into:
City Council Budget Workshop, Monday, May 12, 5 p.m., City Hall (no public input)
PPL Board of Trustees: Wednesday, May 14, 4 p.m., main library
WENA meeting with PPL Director and other City officials: Wed., May 14, 6:30 p.m., Reiche
Contact info:

City Manager  jeg@portlandmaine.gov

City Councilors 

Portland Public Library Administrators

Portland Public Library Trustees






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Thank you, thank you to all who attended Tuesday’s rally to protest the proposed closure of the Reiche branch library. Photos and additional information on upcoming meetings are available at these sources:
WENA’s website http://www.wenamaine.org

Curious City Doings http://curiouscitydoings.blogspot.com

Channel 6 http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=86504

Channel 8 http://www.wmtw.com/video/16182431/index.html

Maine Today http://seen.mainetoday.com/album.html?alb=36087

Please contact City Councilors, library administrators and library trustees! They need to know why the branch library matters to you and to all residents of the West End. Here’s the information you need:
City Council http://www.portlandmaine.gov/citycou.htm

PPL Director Stephen Podgajny http://www.portlandlibrary.com/research/ask.htm (or phone 725-5242)

PPL Branch Manager Brian Damien http://www.portlandlibrary.com/research/ask.htm

PPL Board of Trustees http://www.portlandlibrary.com/aboutppl/about.htm#trustees  (to send one email to the group)

PPL Trustees (individual contact info):

Taffy Field, President 874-9765 fldsflds@gwi.net
Morris L. Fisher, Jr., 1st Vice President 829-3503
Nathan Smith, 2nd Vice President 874-1000
Shelley Carvel, Treasurer 774-3172
Kaighn Smith, Secretary 772-1941

Eric Altholz 772-9671
Mohamed Awale 797-0250
David H. Brenerman 797-9298
Wendy Bush 657-4829
Janis Cohen
Annette Elowitch 772-7396
Peter Merrill
David Nicklas 781-4362
Martha Ott 829-6302
Susan C. Ruch 781-4174
Theodore A. Spitzer 321-2016
Ed Suslovic 773-4753
Laurie Williamson 879-7011
Carrie Green Yardley 846-0426 

Honorary Trustees:
Richard D. Aronson
Suzanne S. Austin
Henry L. Donovan
Susan T. Goldberg
Bruce E. Leddy
Harry R. Pringle
Diane C. Volk



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