o the Editor:
The 8-month-old new South Philadelphia branch library (someday the Mario Lanza branch library) is open seven days a week. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News also publish daily. Here’s the problem: Newspapers are dropped off on the pavement at the entrance of this complex, which has three institutions in one building. Within 50- to 75-feet from the same entrance is a bus stop and shelter, and the Broad Street subway line. On a consistent basis, a passer-by picks up those newspapers before 7 a.m. that belong to the branch.
Here’s a solution: Attach a mailbox (with lock) to the entrance wall. Better yet, fashion a mailbox slot through the wall directly into the library’s inner sanctum. (Commercial businesses have this convenience, why not our public library?)
If nothing is done to prevent further thefts of library property, those responsible are guilty of gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the consequences as affecting the property of another.