Please visit the site below for The Library Reform Group to read about the proposed elimination of 7 Child Life Specialists who work in the neighborhood branches.
There is an unpleasant saga of the increasing privatization of this "public" library and the lack of consensus on the management of resources and provision of services.
What is amazing is that people all over the state have united to advocate for the library itself & the rights of the workers to unionize (they did).
I have attended meetings where children, elders and middle-aged folks (myself on good days) sat, listened and agreed with each other. This library, in its entirety, is loved by many people. People from many other corners of the state are comfortable with and use the branches. We attend story hours, borrow books, use the computers, learn English...
No matter where you live, your opinions are important. Please contact the Providence Public Library and Mayor David Cicilline to let them know that these workers are not a luxury item. Funds must be raised and allocated for these branches.
I will post more links and respond to any emails or comments about this. Thank you in advance, my dear handful of visitors.