Why Other Libraries Should Be Paying Attention To The #SaveNilesLibrary Campaign

“All it takes is one low-turnout election and the entire makeup of the board of an institution like a library can change completely,” said Elizabeth Lynch.

Why Other Libraries Should Be Paying Attention To The #SaveNilesLibrary Campaign
A lawn sign for the #SaveNilesLibrary campaign created by the Niles Coalition. Courtesy of the Niles Coalition
Why Other Libraries Should Be Paying Attention To The #SaveNilesLibrary Campaign
A lawn sign for the #SaveNilesLibrary campaign created by the Niles Coalition. Courtesy of the Niles Coalition

Why Other Libraries Should Be Paying Attention To The #SaveNilesLibrary Campaign

“All it takes is one low-turnout election and the entire makeup of the board of an institution like a library can change completely,” said Elizabeth Lynch.

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After protests over $1.5 million in proposed budget cuts, the Niles-Maine Library board voted last week to retain current staffing levels and building hours. But a coalition of community members says it’s not enough.

Reset discusses what’s next for the Niles Coalition, which organized the #SaveNilesLibrary campaign, and what the future holds for the funding of libraries.

GUESTS: Elizabeth Lynch, member of the Niles Coalition

John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary