The Friends of the Frankford Library had an open house for new members on November 28 with a good number of folks who came out to find out about the group.
The meeting was hosted by Gaspar Santos, Community Initiative Specialist and Labae Daniels, Frankford Library Supervisor.
The Friends of the Free Library groups are organized at each branch and are focussed on supporting the Library in whatever way is needed: Fundraising for the branch, Community Awareness efforts, Promotion of library programs and events and Advocating for the branch with City officials.
- There has been no increase in funding the libraries in Philadelphia since 2008. Yes, things have been repaired and maintained but costs increase and if the budget does not keep up, services get cut.
- The Frankford library has not been open on Saturdays. It normally has Saturday hours during the school year for the students but that has been delayed until the end of this year.
- There is not a Children’s Librarian at the Frankford branch. The previous Librarian left due to a promotion and the position is still not filled.
There are many issues that need to be addressed and the Friends of the Frankford Library is the way to get this done. Pat Hoberg and Mary Ellen Post, the active members of the group are looking for your participation. The group plans to meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month in the future. The next meeting will be on December 10th at 5:30 PM at the Library.
If you are not able to participate, at the very least, sign the Petition To Fund Our Libraries at this link.