Philadelphia Officials Form Committee in Response to School-Library Crisis

Philadelphia Officials Form Committee
in Response to School-Library Crisis

In the wake of a report released by the Association of Philadelphia School Librarians showing that the city’s public school libraries are badly understaffed and understocked, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the city school district, and the city council have formed a blue-ribbon committee to look for a remedy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported November 11 that the committee was formed at the suggestion of FLP President and Director Elliot Shelkrot at a November 10 city council hearing addressing the condition of the city’s school libraries.

School Superintendent David Hornbeck has agreed to participate in the work of the blue ribbon committee. He told the Inquirer that he plans to earmark $6.9 million more for libraries in the 2000–2001 budget as part of his Children Achieving agenda.

Philadelphia’s school-library situation was also the subject of a Morning Edition report on National Public Radio November 11.

Posted November 15, 1999.