Standing up for Philly libraries

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Lucia Herndon is fed up with the city’s neglect of its public libraries:

About 20 libraries will be express libraries – open six afternoons a week, but without master’s-degree-carrying librarians. Many libraries are now delaying opening until afternoon, so their service to not only adult clients but children is curtailed. Since only a fraction of the elementary schools in the city have accredited librarians, some schools had relied on the availability of branch libraries as an education resource …

What does it say about a city that can build a sports stadium in seemingly no time, but has to patch together resources to keep the lights on at libraries?

We should all be ashamed, enough to contact our elected officials, city and state, and tell them how we’d like to see tax money spent. We pay their salaries. They act on our behalf.

Complete column.