WE NEED A NEW LIBRARY IN WRP -- You Can Make a Difference -- Sign Petition Online
This week I attended a meeting of LEARN, a coalition whose goal is a new Northtown Library for West Rogers Park. The need is manifest. Built in 1962, the Northtown branch has never been updated to reflect the role of digital technology in accessing information, has inadequate meeting/learning spaces and is unable to meet the needs of the community in a variety of other ways. Its dedicated staff works against all odds to serve their patrons.
The following factors make a successful outcome likely:
- Tony Martinez, a WRP resident and highly respected professional, is chairing LEARN.
- LEARN reflects the makeup of our neighborhood, one of the most diverse in Chicago.
- Our library is one of the most heavily patronized in the city.
- LEARN has launched a petition drive for a new library and the first two signatories were Ald. Debra Silverstein and State Sen. Ira Silverstein.
- Citizen groups that have successfully advocated for new libraries in their neighborhoods affirm that aldermanic leadership was crucial to their efforts. Ald. Silverstein has stated that a new Northtown Library is her top priority.
- A new library will be an asset to every segment of our community.
- With major cutbacks in funding for Chicago Public Schools, school libraries have been and will continue to be hard hit. Day school libraries are also in need of augmentation. A state-of-the-art Northtown Branch will help to fill the gaps.
- At the opening of the new Chinatown branch library, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated, “Our libraries are anchors in our communities, and that is why we made a $66 million investment to build, expand and modernize our library system.” Now should be our turn.
- Library Commissioner Brian Bannon has advised LEARN leadership on steps to be taken to begin a feasibility study.
With all these factors in our favor, the LEARN coalition decided to redouble its efforts to circulate the library petition -- to demonstrate the breadth of community support for a transformative opportunity for West Rogers Park.
If you have not done so already, please join nearly 1,000 others and sign the petition online at Chicago Public Library Northtown Branch - Change.org and share this message with your family and friends. Hundreds of others have signed a paper petition.
Please consider circulating the petition either electronically or on paper. Let us know if you are willing to help!
Together we CAN make a difference.