Update, March 13: Through this page we have collected hundreds of passionate, funny, frustrated, sincere and sad letters urging Mayor Emanuel to fully restore library hours and staffing at all neighborhood branches. (If you haven't yet, it's not too late to write your own, using the simple tool below.) On Thursday, March 22, library lovers like you will hold a dramatic reading of those letters at 10 a.m. in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 5th floor. Click here for a flyer with all the details (PDF).
In October, Mayor Emanuel proposed cutting $10 million and 363 employees from neighborhood branches of the Chicago Public Library system. Public outcry pushed him back, with thousands of petition signatures, hundreds of phone calls and a letter signed by 28 aldermen convincing the mayor to scale back his cuts. But as of Jan. 2, the city closed all 75 branches all day on Mondays, laying off 176 library employees.
After a new round of public pressure, Mayor Emanuel took another step in the right direction. He announced he will restore some Monday hours and recall some employees. But even this plan leaves neighborhood branches closed most Monday mornings and short more than 100 staff the rest of the week.
Send a message to the mayor!
Be sure to say:
*Where you live,
*Why you love your library, and that
*It's important to have all neighborhood branches fully opened--48 hours a week--and fully staffed.