Free Library Board of Trustees Special Meeting

By Administrator RSS Sat, July 25, 2020

Updated Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 p.m.

Comments from the Board of Trustees following the meeting on July 27:
The Board of Trustees of the Free Library expresses our profound gratitude to the staff and public who stepped forward to help make necessary changes in the library we all love. Thank you for communicating many terrific ideas.

As a start, we commit to opening up new and more frequent avenues of communication with staff and the public to ensure The Free Library of Philadelphia is an open and transparent organization free of racism and structural inequities. In addition, we will work to support the professional growth and development of staff and ensure staff are involved in the process of selecting new leadership.   

We thank you for your passion, your courage, and your willingness to be our partner as we shape the future for the Free Library. 
Please look forward to additional communications regarding our process for re-opening our libraries and the selection for new leadership.

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 beginning at 12:00 p.m. through the online meeting platform Zoom.

To access the meeting:

Any member of the public who wishes to address the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees is invited to submit a comment at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting (no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday July 27, 2020). The form to submit a request may be accessed here: FLP Board of Trustees Public Comment Form

The request must state the purpose of the address and must provide contact information. The maximum duration of the public comment period will be 20 minutes. Speakers normally will have three minutes to share their comments. Requestors will be notified if they are on the schedule for comment before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020.

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Why were the donors and media notified of Siobhan's resignation before staff?
Sylvester - Philadelphia
Monday, July 27, 2020

Hi Sylvester, we recommend submitting a question for the board meeting by noon today!!
Administrator - Philadelphia
Monday, July 27, 2020

Why is there a limit of 10 holds? The waits are long as it is. I've asked this to stop forever. It takes a librarian to override it. That's ridiculous.
Larraine Formica - Holmesburg
Monday, July 27, 2020

I really appreciate the kind of topics post here.Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful.Good day!
Eyetech sol - karachi
Monday, July 27, 2020

When is the Free Library going to REOPEN for browsing the stacks?
Monday, July 27, 2020

Hi Arthur, today we released this post with information on updated services at some locations. We don't have anything to share yet with regard to building openings. Hope this helps, for now:
Administrator - Philadelphia
Monday, July 27, 2020

Please prioritize opening at least regionals as well as some branches for children who have no school, camp, and sometimes no online if they don't have a computer. Libraries are essential for these children, especially in this heat.
Bonni Zetick - Abington
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Thank you for having this meeting and the opportunity to voice concerns, and also to see who is on the Board as well.
Joseph Freedman - Philadelphia
Tuesday, July 28, 2020