Libraries should have a voice in education conversations

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I was interested to read that Mayor Bill Peduto was selected as one of 14 mayors nationwide whose cities were chosen to participate in “community conversations” focusing on early childhood education, after-school and postsecondary education (“Pittsburgh a Key City in Education,” March 11). What a great opportunity for broad community engagement around perhaps the most important topic affecting our city’s future.

As the mayor establishes his task force, I am hoping that he is considering representation from public libraries. As the director of a public library, I can attest that libraries involve themselves each and every day with early literacy, after-school and postsecondary education. We are trained professionals, dedicated absolutely to literacy and education.

We know that the city deeply values its public library; however, I feel that public libraries are often left out of the “big picture” with respect to community planning issues. We are part of the Department of Education and work as community educators each day.

It is my hope that libraries will have a voice at this important table, as there is no doubt that their collective experience and expertise will enrich the conversation.

Whitehall Public Library

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