Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Save Our Library Video

Restore Local Government Aid Press Conference

Glen Fladeboe, who is working with the City of St. Paul and the
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, called today about a
campaign being launched to publicize the impact of local government
aid cuts. The goal is to restore local government aid funding.

If local government aid is restored, our library is saved.

The campaign will hold a 15-minute press conference this Friday, Feb.
27, 11:30 am in Room 125 of the State Capitol Building. Glen asked
me to spread the word and encourage people to attend with their
children and signs about the library. The campaign's website is

Thanks in advance, and PLEASE spread the word. I know this is short notice, but any presence there would be helpful--and don't forget to bring signs and WEAR RED.

300 Turn Out In Support Of Library

GREAT Pioneer Press coverage of last night's meeting! THANK YOU to everyone for attending the meeting. I think we sent our message loud and clear.

Meeting With The Mayor

Save the date/new event:

Community Meeting with Mayor and Library Director
Tuesday March 10, 6-8pm
Hamline Midway Library (auditorium), 1558 Minnehaha
There may be volunteer child care upstairs – check back for confirmation (or contact Jun-Li if you are able to help).

We Need Your Help...

PLEASE help flyer your neighbors in the HM especially if you know they are not online. We do not have a great way to get library news to folks who are not on the Hamline Midway listserv or who do not get emails forwarded to them by a friend (info will be in our HMC newsletter delivered March 5, but that's a week away). If you have time this weekend, please help distribute a flyer to your neighbors. To get the flyer:

a. Contact Jun-Li at or 651-646-1986 by Thurs Feb 26 10am with how many flyers you want, and we will deliver a stack to your door by Friday evening.

b. Stop by the Hamline Midway Coalition (1564 Lafond) between 10-5pm/M-F to pick up flyers. Stop by the letter-writing campaigns (see #2) to get flyers.

c. Print it yourself by going to and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wear Red

If you are going to the Mayor's meeting tonight, wear RED! And if you have time to do some flyering around your blocks, look for Jun-Li or other people with stacks of pink flyers - we need to get the word out to folks who aren't online. If you aren't going tonight, but can help flyer, contact Jun-Li at or 651-646-1986 & let her know how many flyers you want, and where we can drop a stack off (or come by the office/1564 Lafond Ave).

Push back on the false claim that the library is not used

The underutilization claim is false.

There are fourteen libraries in Saint Paul’s library system. The Hamline-Midway library has consistently ranked in the top half related to attendance at juvenile and adult events over the past three years. Use of its meeting rooms is in the top quartile of all Saint Paul libraries. In fact, the Hamline-Midway library does not rank last in any usage category.

Even in categories in which the Hamline-Midway library has a low rank, the raw statistics are misleading.

For example, the Hamline-Midway library ranks 12th out of 14 in “internet use.” The ranking, however, does not adjust for the number of computers available at each library or the fact that the Hamline-Midway library is not open as many hours as other libraries. Of course the Rondo Community library is ranked first and the West 7th library is ranked last, because the Rondo Community library has the most computers of any other library in the entire system and the West 7th library has the least number of computers in the entire system. When the number of computers and hours are taken into consideration, the internet usage at the Hamline-Midway library is comparable and often higher than the computer usage at other libraries. The current rankings do not create an accurate picture.

Based on the annual budget and square footage of the Hamline-Midway library in comparison to its circulation numbers, it is actually one of the most efficient and inexpensive libraries in the city. It is all in how you look at and calculate the numbers.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Video Tape A Message...

Tomorrow, Saturday from 1 to 2, we'll be at the Hamline Midway library with a camera and we'll send it on via YouTube and Email...all you have to do is speak, sing, or dance from the heart.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Letter and Sign Party

Come meet your neighbors and write letters to save the Hamline-Midway

WHERE AND WHEN: Hamline-Midway Library Auditorium Meeting Space,
1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue West,
Feb. 25 and 26, 6:30-8:30 pm


The Brian Berg-Carrie Pomeroy home
Sun., Feb. 22, 2-4 pm (RSVP at or 651-645-1196
for address and directions)

WHO'S WELCOME: Anyone who cares about libraries. Even non-writing
kids can be helped to write a letter or draw a picture about the

WHAT TO BRING: Paper, pens, pencils, markers, and posterboard if
you'd like to make a window poster

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED: Talking points, sample letters, addresses for
contact people to write to, and a few extra writing supplies for
anyone who forgets theirs

WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE LETTERS: At dates in late February or early
March to be determined, we hope to deliver letters in person to the
mayor, Library Director Melanie Huggins, and Councilmember Russ
Stark. If you can't come to a party but would like to be involved in
the letter campaign, please call number below.

FOR MORE INFO or to RSVP: Carrie Pomeroy, 651-645-1196 or

Please pass on the info! Feel free to forward to listservs, email
groups, post on blogs, etc.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


There are a lot of exciting ways to plug into this grassroots effort, share your ideas, and save the Hamline-Midway library (just remember to keep it respectful). We want to make sure the Mayor knows that this library is a priority, and find a creative way to make that happen in these tough economic times.

Here are our three ways to plug in:

NUMBER ONE--CONTACT THE MAYOR: So, if you haven't already, it is really important to write to Mayor Coleman. Elected officials need to hear from us. Send mail to: Office of the Mayor, 390 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul, MN 55102 or use the online form at


NUMBER TWO--TALKING TO NEIGHBORS: If you've already contacted the Mayor then it is time to get your neighbors to call or write the mayor. If you are interested in participating in a petition drive, handing out flyers, or going door-to-door, shoot Jun-Li an email at the Hamline Midway Coalition. There are neighborhood folks who are heading up those efforts and she can help you connect. Her email is:

NUMBER THREE--ATTEND THE MAYOR'S TOWN HALL: The Mayor's Town Hall is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor Center, 1225 Estabrook Drive.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Save Our Library Flyer

Print this and distribute to your neighbors:

Library "Customer" Sheet About Budget

Library Closure Information Sheets

3 Ways To Get Involved

1. Attend The Mayor's Town Hall Meeting

There are two coming up. The first is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the auditorium at El Rio Vista Rec Center/Neighborhood House, 179 E. Robie Street. The second, is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor Center, 1225 Estabrook Drive.

2. Write The Mayor and The Library Director

You can contact Mayor Coleman online at or send him a letter addressed to 200 City Hall and Courthouse;15 Kellogg Blvd., West; Saint Paul, MN 55102.

You can contact the Library Director Melanie Huggins online at or send a letter addressed to 90 W. 4th Saint Paul, MN 55102.

3. Write A Letter To The Editor

Star Tribune comments can be submitted online by going to this link

Pioneer Press can be submitted online by going to emailing to this address