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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Monroe Street Library

July 15, 2020 12:37 PM

Response to letter re: my vote to close the Monroe Street Library?

My vote to close the MSL was in the context of social distancing. The size of the space and Public Safety as it related to COVID-19 was my thinking process. Respectively, 3 people @ 25% and 7 people @ 50% was the total number of people that could occupy the library at one time. Limited or loss of access to the computer section, loss of staff space, loss of meeting space, severe restriction of access to library flow, loss of shelving space - would that be the library environment that you would want? I could not justify my vote for keeping the library open during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not the fault of the library board that the building is not ADA accessible - the City owns responsibility for that. I saw the great investment that surrounded the MSB and wondered why the City and the community had not demanded an investment and attention to the library as a community jewel. 

Even without the 5% budget reduction, I was informed that MSB could not sustain COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Please know that my decision was not out of any disrespect for your comments - this was a very painful decision process, closing MSB.  COVID-19 pandemic and budgetary constraints were painful. 

Alder Harrington-McKinney

 

Recipient: District 1, Barbara Harrington-McKinney
Name: Redacted 
Address: Madison, WI 53705
Would you like us to contact you? Yes, by email

Message:

Dear Alder McKinney,

It was nice meeting you at the Monroe Street Library yesterday. I walked in during your tour with Mark.

I have worked for the library for 14 years: seven at Lakeview, seven at Monroe Street. I have so much respect for the role the library plays in a community and in a democracy.

I watched the meeting last night. How I wish the library, and board, did not have to make such wrenching decisions.

I wanted to tell you that while I was very glad you visited Monroe Street yesterday, I so wish you had seen our library as it is meant to be seen. I felt the space you described at last night's meeting misrepresented the library we have so carefully and lovingly curated. What you saw was a space given over to utilitarian function. What you didn't see were book displays, families, kids checking out piles of picture books, kids decorating a banner for our checkout desk, neighbors chatting, informal book discussions between staff and patrons. In short, a bright, happy space. These sorts of interactions aren't statistically measurable.

Our small size defines us in good ways and bad. Because we're so small, every item on our shelves has to be in demand. If it doesn't circulate, we find it a new home. We are close-knit workers. Our good energy spills over to our users. We know many of them by name. They know us. We are the neighborhood's living room.

Our barely adequate space has worked until now. I wanted to send you a favorite photo of the library, but I don't see how to do that via this platform. It shows a space that is bright and inviting - ready for the next day's onslaught of daycare kids and neighborhood families for storytime.

Thank you for your service to our city.

-- Name withheld for confidentiality.  



Thank you for your quick and thoughtful reply. Here's that photo wanted to send.



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