Public Library Support
Petition to Mr. Larry Elkins, Terry Manual
Petition to remove Calloway County Public Library board members
The current Calloway County Public Library (CCPL) board members, Winfield Rose, Joe Walker, and Mark Kennedy do not have the best interests for the library or community. Their immediate removal from the board is being demanded for the best interest of our community. Background: The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) is "the state government agency whose mission is to support and promote access to library services and to ensure that documentation of government activities is created, preserved, and made available for public use" (KDLA Trustee Manual, p.1.). Ideally, public library board members should share in the mission, values, and ideals of the KDLA by supporting and promoting access to library services; however, in Calloway County that is not the case. For example, the previous board members had voted to expand the library. Yet, for undisclosed reasons to the public, shortly after this vote, numerous board members resigned, resulting in three new board members being appointed (all older white males, mind you even though numerous applications were filed by others that would have provided more diversity to this board), who reversed the decision to expand the library. This decision was made despite research and information provided that the library has funds to expand and is currently not in compliance with the KDLA standards to serve the 38,000 residents in Calloway County, which states, "a community of 25,000 residents or more should have a library that is at least 17,500 square feet, or 0.6 per capita." Our current library is slightly over 12,000 square feet. This petition seeks to remove the current three new board members, Winfield Rose, Joe Walker, and Mark Kennedy, as they do not have the best interests of the library or community in mind with their decision-making. This is evident by not approving the library expansion to better serve our community, which is in direct violation of the Job Description for Public Library Trustees "3: Plan for the future of the library...responsible for seeing that the library provides the best possible service to its community" (KDLA Trustee Manual, p. 7). They also violate #5. Advocate for the library. Perfect example of this is none of them showed up for the CCPL fundraiser. In addition, to these violations, the recent behavior of Rose and Kennedy screaming at a community member, Dr. Jennifer Morrison, while she was delivering her comments/questions/inquiries to the board, during the public comment portion of the August 8, 2018 board meeting, was inappropriate, demeaning, appalling, and completely unacceptable for board members of such an important community resource, like our library. No one ever deserves to be treated like Dr. Morrison endured. As such, immediate removal of these board members is demanded!
Petition to Ydanis Rodriguez
Save Inwood Library! Salve la Biblioteca de Inwood!
To Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: We, a diverse group of parents, students, teachers, seniors, immigrants, workers and professionals from District 10, call on you to oppose the proposed Inwood Library/Housing project that would result in the demolition of the Inwood Library. Inwood Library is essential to our community. It is one of the most heavily utilized branches in the NYPL system. Tens of thousands of Inwood residents use its resources including free bilingual programs, literacy classes, computer skills training, homework help and career counseling. Recently our library underwent a major renovation for a new children's center and expanded computer space. In June 2016, Inwood Library won an award as the best neighborhood branch in Manhattan. Now, the city wants to sell the land to a developer and tear down our library, leaving our community without critical services for years. The city has promised that the developer will build a new library at this site, but has provided no concrete plans for any temporary replacement. We have no guarantee that the library will be replaced by a facility that's similar in scope. Council Member Rodriguez, we call on you to oppose the proposed demolition of Inwood Library, which would cripple the education and future of our children and hurt all of our community. Al Concejal Ydanis Rodriguez: Nosotros, un grupo diverso de padres, estudiantes, maestros, ancianos, inmigrantes, trabajadores y profesionales del Distrito 10, le pedimos que se opongo al propuesto proyecto de biblioteca/vivienda de Inwood que resulataria en la demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood. La Biblioteca de Inwood es una parte esencial de nuestra comunidad. Es una de las bibliotecas mas utilizadas del sistema de Bibliotecas Publicas de Nueva York (NYPL). Decenas de miles de residentes de Inwood usan sus recursos, incluyendo programas bilingues gratuitos, clases de leyendo, capacitacion en computadores, ayuda con tareas y asesoria profesional. Recientemente nuestra biblioteca obtuvo una renovacion importante para un nuevo centro para ninos y un espacio para uso de computadoras ampliado. En junio del 2016, la Biblioteca de Inwood gano un premio como la mejor sucursal de barrio en Manhattan. Ahora, la ciudad quiere vender la tierra a una empresa inmobiliaria y derribar nuestra biblioteca, dejando a nuestra comunidad sin servicios criticos durante anos. La ciudad ha prometido que la empresa inmobiliaria construira una nueva biblioteca en el local de la biblioteca, pero no ha proporcionado planes concretos, y no hay planes para ningun reemplazo temporal. No tenemos ninguna garantia de que la biblioteca sera reemplazada por una instalacion del alcance similar. Consejal Rodriguez, le pedimos que se opongo a la propuesta demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood, una accion que paralizaria la educacion y el futuro de nuestros hijos y afectaria a toda nuestra comunidad.