By Rosemary Neil Tomorrow I will mail my check in payment for my property taxes. With that in mind, I would like to know the timeline for the restoration of library services, which I consider essential for a well-managed city. Quality of life services were gutted by our city to address revenue shortfalls. Ten months… Read More Furloughed City Employees Deserve to Know When They can Return to Work
By Marsha Labodda Dear Mayor Leeser, I want to express my condolences to you losing your mother and brother to Covid. It’s unfortunate that we are losing so many before their time. The distribution of vaccines has been a mess! So disorganized! Now, I read that Tracy Jerome is in charge of the vaccines due… Read More 400 Furloughed City Employees Amid a Budget Surplus – When Are They Going Back to Work?
This letter was sent to Mayor Oscar Leeser and our eight El Paso City Council Representatives By Gretchen Trominski We, supporters and volunteers of the eight active Friends of the El Paso Public Library groups on behalf of the furloughed employees of the city’s Library Department, are seeking your action. As the city continues to… Read More We Need to Reopen Our Libraries: A Detailed and Comprehensive Plan for Reopening the Libraries is Needed
By Vona Van Cleef, Retired EPISD school librarian and treasurer, Friends of the Library, Main When the COVID-19 pandemic hit El Paso in March, the City closed the libraries. In early May, 137 of the library system’s 156 employees (88%) were furloughed or terminated. That number amounts to 30% of the total 450 City employees… Read More Restore Our Libraries With More Vigor
The COVID-19 Pandemic is hurting libraries and library workers. Cities are responding by furloughing workers which will have long-lasting effects on our communities. Friends of the Library groups in El Paso have joined together to show solidarity in support of libraries and library workers. This series will feature voices from community members who believe Libraries are… Read More Reopen El Paso Public Libraries
As the numbers of COVID cases in El Paso continue to decline more and more, activities are beginning to be allowed with various restrictions for safety. Our churches have resumed services, some schools are having in person classes, football games are being played, and restaurants have certainly started to see more customers. Libraries across Texas and the… Read More We need your help…