Property issue

The 8-month-old new South Phil­adelphia branch lib­rary (someday the Mario Lanza branch lib­rary) is open sev­en days a week.

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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.

Nic­ola Ar­gen­tina
South Phil­adelphia     


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