Remember in 2009 when so many of you held signs such as “Save Our Library” and organized fund-raisers to help the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system keep its Lawrenceville, Hazelwood, Beechview and West End branches open?
Have you slipped back into that pattern of taking your still-open library for granted?
You know, as bookstores fold, libraries are there to save you. Unless you want to read on a Kindle -- which I'm not saying there's anything wrong with, but I know a lot of people want an honest-to-goodness book -- the only option you will have one day is to buy books online.
Think about all the boxes you need for all the books you own when you move. Libraries can help you lighten the load. Also, libraries are cooler places than the old days when you had to whisper or risk a scary frown and a "Shush!" from madame librarian.
Your gung-ho love of library is being sought for a series of discussions Carnegie Library officials are holding this month around the city. They want to tell you about their funding status and get your ideas and share theirs on how to sustain the system and help it thrive.
These neighborhood chats about libraries are all from 6 to 7:30 p.m.:
March 3 (this Thursday), Allegheny branch, 1230 Federal St.
March 7 (next Monday), Lawrenceville branch, 279 Fisk St.
March 16, Beechview branch, 1910 Broadway Ave.
March 22, East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St.
March 30, West End branch, 47 Wabash Ave.
If you plan to go to any of these, RSVP to Maggie McFalls, the community engagement coordinator, at 412.622.8877.