Here is an update about what is happening from the Save Our Escondido Library Coalition. This is a very important issue and we hope everyone will get involved.
Here is some information: Flyer for Save Our Library
Meeting Summary from the Save Our Library Coalition
On July 24, 2017, close to 100 people crowded into the Chalice Chapel to learn
about the values and benefits of public libraries and to plan to save our own
last Escondido Public Library from privatization. We are unified
that we must save our Escondido library from privatization!
Check out the news: Times Advocate Article
San Diego Free Press Article
Here is some background Library Privatization Background
Keep Our Public Library Public
Librarian Whitney McCoy gave an amazing presentation– Public Library
Evading Civic Responsibility– which you can view on the above link.
Although many people believed this is ‘a done deal’, it has not yet
been voted on by the City Council. Until it is, it is not
done. It is up to us to let this Council know what we think—and
what the consequences will be for their re-election if they do this.
Here is some background and key points:
- Libraries are
an investment in a community—and a good one. The
American Library Association (ALA) found that for every $1 spent on public
libraries, the local community receives $5.48 in economic value.
- The Escondido
Public Library (EPL) has been a cornerstone of our community since 1894
- EPL had
447,827 visits in 2015-2016: 1,435 visitors per day! And 80,360 annual
uses of public computers
comprises only 3% of Escondido’s general fund budget
- The Grand
Jury did not recommend privatization. It criticized
the Council for not spending full funds available on library needs.
You can read the report here Grand Jury Report on Escondido Library
S&S is a well-known library takeover corporation with a reputation for
opportunistic preying on libraries where communities are in a rough
patch. Their record in Riverside is appalling. Compared to the
comparably sized San Diego Public Library system, LSS employed 77 fewer
professional MLIS librarians than San Diego Library System and spent
over $500,000 less on children’s material than SD’s
- Privatizing a
public library is a red flag for a local government that is derelict in
its duties to its citizenry
with LSS will remove our taxpayer money from the local community and
put it in the hands of a private, for-profit, equity firm-controlled
company with no obligation for transparency and no incentive for
responding to our needs
- We need a
public library that represents our local interests and is staffed by
qualified professionals, who are compensated fairly, and contribute to our
library management goes against the fundamental role of the library as
integral to our community, to our public education, and to our democracy
- We want our
tax-dollars from our community to stay in our community—not be shipped to
Maryland for corporate profits.
If you would like to save our library from devastation, WE NEED TO ACT
CALL the Mayor and City Council and let them know your
feelings. Ask to speak directly to them or leave a message.
WRITE an email or letter with your concerns and
request for them to stop wasting money and time on the this misguided
You can email them all at once here https://www.escondido.org/city-council-contact-us.aspx or
send to 201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025-2798
Mark your Calendars!
ATTEND August 8th, 2pm Library Trustee meeting at
RALLY August 16, 3:30 pm in front of City Hall- Save Our
Escondido Library Rally. Bring your sign, hat, water, and sunscreen!
ATTEND August 16, 4:30 City Hall meeting and speak on public
comment. Turn in speaker card with your position on it whether you speak
or not! Bring a 8.5 x 11 inch sign with your own ‘Save our Library’
TALK to your friends and neighbors! Let them know what
our Council is about to do!