Rally Tuesday morning at City Hall to save libraries

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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A rally will be take place in front of City Hall at 9 a.m. Tuesday, on behalf of Lincoln’s libraries and next year’s budget. According to Shirley Russell, longtime Lincoln resident and Lincoln Friends of the Library member, the rally is “to get people concerned.” “We know the city doesn’t have money, and it looks like the Carnegie (Library) would be a place to cut. But at what expense?,” said Russell Monday afternoon. “We need our Carnegie as a draw for downtown.” Russell said she “doesn’t fault the city,” because she knows they have to make the budget cuts, and hopes the rally will encourage people to be aware financial troubles of both the library and the city, and to also help fund the libraries. “’Lincolnites’, pick up the slack for both the Carnegie Library and programs at Twelve Bridges Library,” Russell said. “If we (do) nothing, it’s gone. I’m not asking the city to fund it (the Carnegie Library), I’m asking the people to fund it.” City Hall is located at the corner F and Sixth streets. The rally is open to everyone.