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Grosse Pointe Librarian update

12. July 2004 • dilleym
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via Windchime Walker

“I was sitting beside the librarians and library staff who filled the first three rows. They were dressed in black and wore their pink “3rd Year – No Contract” pins. And many of them wept as they heard – FINALLY – what they mean our community, how we value them. And theirs weren’t the only wet eyes in that high school library. I saw a brand new School Board member, Ahmed Ishmael, wipe his eyes at one point. That’s a good sign.

But we’re not going to stop there. A number of folks read letters they’ve written to our local newspaper about this issue. We’re supporting our local Michigan State Representative’s bill that would give our community the option of electing its Library Board. We’ll be out in full force at the next Library Board meeting on July 26 – watch out!!! – and we’re going to continue picketing in front of the Central Branch every Thursday from 5-6:30 PM. I’ll be there with the Raging Grannies this coming Thursday, singing songs I’m adapting from our solidarity pickets with the Border’s workers in Ann Arbor last winter.

If you want to join us at any of these events and need more information, feel free to contact me, or email Kathleen (kathleengallagher AT wayne DOT edu), the Youth Services librarian at the Central Branch. We can use all the support we can get. ”

I know that librarians in Ann Arbor have had struggles in the last few years. Can we foster some solidarity here?

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  1. Since nobody else said it, I think that photo is pathetic exploitation of “cute” kids for political purposes. Almost as bad as the pathetic pro-greenbelt campaign literature featuring graphics of “greedy developers” and evil bulldozers from last fall. Lame. And I voted for Proposal B. And like librarians.
       —Brandon    Jul. 15 '04 - 09:55PM    #
  2. And it was pathetically explotive of a woman in a wheelchair to take that picture.

    Where will pathetic people stop the madness?
       —Mark    Jul. 17 '04 - 02:29PM    #
  3. I was drunk when I wrote that, to tell ya the truth. But appeals to emotion still get on my nerves. Though not enough to bother to post about, typically.
       —Brandon    Jul. 18 '04 - 02:29PM    #