Save Richmond CA Public Libraries- Tailgate Storytime

June 6, 2020

Join Children's Librarian Sheila Dickinson for a socially distant tailgate story time starting at the Bayview Branch LIBRARY : 5100 Hartnett Avenue, Richmond, CA at 10 am, Saturday June 6th, 2020.

From there we will proceed via car caravan to the main branch of the Richmond Public Library: 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA for a second story at 11am Saturday June 6th, 2020.

This will be a child friendly, socially distant, community gathering to protest the budget cuts, layoffs and branch closures being considered by the Richmond City Council.

We will be accepting donations of new or used books for little free library donation boxes for the Bayview and West Side branches.

Participants are encouraged to post or live stream the event to social media, decorate their vehicles and bring noisemakers for the car caravan.

We look forward to coming together in a safe setting to save our public libraries! For more information: www.saverichmondpubliclibraries.com

Even while buildings are closed libraries can still be actively helping their communities.A group of citizens has been pressing for services such as: telephone reference, curbside pick up of materials, story times via KCRT, dial a story, summer reading games via zoom, literacy support, etc.

The Richmond Public Library is under threat of budget cuts, and even of being eliminated if the budget situation worsens.According to public documents, some of the highest salaries in the San Francisco Bay Area go to Richmond Police officers, fire fighters and city administrators. Last year, the Police Department budget was $78 million, the Library $7 million.After years of being underfunded and under-staffed, we think that library services need to be expanded – cutting the library to solve the $30 million budget crisis is not the answer - the priorities need to change.


Details

When: June 6, 2020, 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: Meet at Bayview Branch Library 5100 Hartnett Ave, Richond, CA, 94807
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