Please help save our Escondido Library! Attend meeting Tuesday, August 8th, 2PM Escondido Library

The library Trustee meeting tomorrow is critical.  Media Advisory for August 8 meeting, 2 PM Escondido Library  The two quotes below are important to understanding the unintended consequences if the Mayor and his supporters on the Council take this action.  Please let them know we do not want to degrade our community by outsourcing our last remaining library.

See info below.  Bring a 8 x 11 sign.  Also, please mark your calendars for August 16th when the Council may be making the final decision.

Coalition to stand against outsourcing at Library Trustee Board
Tuesday, August 8, 2 PM at the Escondido Library

Residents say degrading our library
degrades our city


Escondido, CA:  On
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 2 PM at the Escondido Library, residents will
urge the Mayor-appointed Board of Trustees to recommend against privatization
of our library services. The Coalition now has 100s of members and is
collecting signatures on two petitions opposing the outsourcing proposal.   
Library volunteer Virginia Abushanab
warned One thing
I don’t think the City Council has considered is the value of the volunteers
that they are about to lose.  As a long-time volunteer, I can guarantee
that I, and all the volunteers I’ve spoken with, are not going to offer our
free services to a company who will increase their bottom line from them. 
Are the members aware that there are 213 active volunteers on the roster and in
June alone of this year they gave a total of 2407 hours? What a
coincidence, it comes almost exactly to the $400,000 Mr Epp says will be
saved. 
Debbie Resler, a frequent library
user said “A
library is an essential resource. One reason I value this community is our
public library.  We’ve already lost one Escondido library – we need to
make sure that the remaining one is focused on meeting the needs of our local
community, and not maximizing revenue for a private, for-profit company.
Librarian Whitney McCoy, MLIS
candidate, will present her findings on the past record of Library Systems
& Services (LS&S) the company proposed to take over the library receiving
$2.4 million annual payments from the city.
Attendees will be carrying signs and
the petition drive continues outside of the library.  The petitions have
over 800 signatures opposed to privatization in the first week of collection.  Members will be on hand to speak to the media.


About Save Our Escondido Library
Coalition:
The coalition was formed by local Escondido community groups and local
residents in response to the City of Escondido’s move to consider privatization
of the Escondido Public Library. The coalition seeks to educate themselves and
the public and to provide a conduit for Escondido residents to voice their
concerns.

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