February 2018 Update

We are rolling along well. Six neighbors – 1 new – signed in at our January 20 meeting and 12 – 8 new! – on the 24th! Already several have volunteered to undertake leadership responsibilities as we move forward, and we could not be more optimistic. Please come out and join them.

Next steps: February meetings. As much as we dislike scheduling something on anyone’s religious observance day, Lovett scheduling leaves us little choice, so the next evening meeting will be Wednesday February 14 (Christian Ash Wednesday) [as well as Valentine’s Day!].  7:30 p.m.  Our next Saturday meeting will be on February 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Please keep Wednesday evening March 14 circled on your calendars (or whatever you do on a smartphone!) for our annual Founders Month program with architectural critic Inga Saffron.

Each year Free Library Friends have come together to do advocacy for the Free Library’s budget. We have often started later, but February is when most of the budget decisions are made.  We are a bit concerned about the coming budget cycle and want to make sure that we are rallying folks from the very beginning. We will start very positive, reminding elected officials of the importance and impact of the library. We are starting by doing a letter writing campaign to the Mayor and Managing Director in order to let them know that the library has touched a great many lives and make sure that they are hearing about the important work every library staff person is (and Friends are) doing.

Here is what everyone can do in February:  write a letter to both the Mayor and Managing Director (if you have time, council members as well) and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to write letters. Letters and drawings from all ages are encouraged.  We are advised that physical letters will have more impact than e-mails, perhaps even handwritten letters, but typed works as well. You might say “I love my library because…” or  “The library is important to the neighborhood/community because…” or “I come to the library to…”  or  “Fully funding the library helps support these programs . . ” or “Please make sure that you keep this in mind as you are planning your budget” or “Please make sure that you fully fund the library” or “The library needs to be fully funded so that it can continue this great work.”  Those sorts of things.  Here are contacts:

James Kenney
Office of the Mayor
City Hall, Office 215
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Phone:(215) 686-2181

Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director
Municipal Services Building, 1430
1401 J.F. Kennedy Blvd, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

City Council 

District 8
CINDY BASS
City Hall, Room 312
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425

At Large City Council Members:

BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN
City Hall, Room 581
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439

ALLAN DOMB
City Hall, Room 316
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415

DEREK GREEN
City Hall, Room 594
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3450, (215) 686-3451

WILLIAM K. GREENLEE
City Hall, Room 508
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447

HELEN GYM
City Hall, Room 592
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421

DAVID OH
City Hall, Room 319
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3452 (215) 686-3453

AL TAUBENBERGER
City Hall, Room 582/586
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3440, (215) 686-3441

As always, please feel free to send along any reactions, thoughts, hopes & dreams for Lovett and its Friends to us at lovettfriends@gmail.com.

Thank you!

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