America's oldest free library needs help!


12 Responses to “America's oldest free library needs help!”

  1. UstinJay says:

    Well I hate to say it, but it sounds a bit apropos.
    A bit symbolic as well.

  2. gent says:

    our current financial situation has put closing libraries on the table here in Philadelphia as well… absolute fail.

  3. bloodyfork says:

    Jesus, their domain, is even expired.

  4. TheMadLibrarian says:

    Libraries all across the US are having to close, reduce public service hours, and lay off staff as their finding is slashed. Apparently it’s easier to cut funds to a public utility whose users are rarely vocal than subsidies to someone’s favorite porkbarrel project. Funny how as the economy slides into the toilet, library use goes up — free internet access, materials to apply for assistance, update your resume, look into a new career — oh yeah, read.

  5. Synchronyme says:

    In France, libraries are funded by the gouvernement, but of course, that’s “socialism” so it must be bad.

  6. akaaudio says:

    How is it possible that this is not a national landmark?

  7. UstinJay says:

    You know, it isn’t only the libraries that are closing. Colleges are closing their doors (to new students) as well. The University of Washington is only admitting THREE new students for the spring semester…THREE. The highest funded public school (I’m talking government grants) in the nation cannot, no, will not, allow any more than three new students admittance. On plus, two of them are on ATHELETIC SCHOLARSHIPS!

  8. carsick says:

    The library is actually in the Philly area. Benjamin Franklin helped get it started.

    I just learned about the situation recently while reading news online. I started the facebook page soon after.
    We’re looking into an online donation tool because the the library is a 501(3)C organization. Even a small donation like $10.00 could help them.

  9. Talia says:

    aw heck. That’s awful. I stumbled the group page, maybe that will help get some exposure too.

  10. dculberson says:

    Syncronyme, most major US areas have government funded libraries; this one in particular is not.

  11. gent says:


    this may help…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Darby Free Library is using the most expensive automation (III) a public library can buy, maybe that is why there in such dire straights?

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