Lou Testoni, chair of the Carnegie Library board, is challenging Pittsburgh to raise $15,000 by the end of the month to support the Our Library, Our Future campaign.
If that money is raised, Lou will lead all interested bicyclists on a 48.4 mile “Cycle for CLP” ride Oct. 1, with stops at all 19 library branches in the city.
Besides donating on-line, you can pay $1 at your neighborhood branch and put your name on a paper bicycle that will be posted on a wall at the library.
Donations will be spent on a campaign to convince city voters that a Nov. 8 item on the ballot deserves your “yes” vote because it will provide the library with a sustainable funding source.
Our Library, Our Future got nearly 11,000 signatures to get a referendum on the election ballot.
If the referendum passes, a 0.25 mils tax on all taxable real estate in the city to be allocated exclusively for the operation and maintenance of Carnegie system in Pittsburgh. Per $100,000 of assessed value, this would come to about $2.09 per month.
“We’re counting on the community’s support again to help make sure this bike ride takes place,” said Lou. “Thousands of volunteers and supporters are working hard to raise awareness about the critical services that the library provides and the need to provide sustainable funding.”
The ride will cross three bridges and conquer three big hills.
Three big hills. Hmm. Big is different things to different people. Doing a mental sweep of the city’s branches, my mind pops up to Brookline, then to Mount Washington. I can stop right there. I’m thinking paper bike on the wall. But I hope the rest of you have a blast.
And don’t fail to vote YES. Whatever your house is worth, the pittance the library is asking of you is the change you have in a jar somewhere.