The Purple Buzz – Mar. 19

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Quick Quiz

When and where was the first free public library created in the world?

A. 1833, Peterborough, New Hampshire, a proposal by the town’s Unitarian minister
B. 1785, Washington D.C., shortly after the Revolutionary War
C. 1894, Philadelphia, following a legal battle among existing libraries fighting over a $225,000 bequest.

Scroll down to see the answer.


Will you stand with Kern County workers?

Theresa BeckerPiece by piece, Kern County is trying to privatize public programs and services. It started with parks, which SEIU 521 members beat back through PERB. This week, the library system was on the privatizing chopping block. The community vehemently shot that notion down and the board of supervisors has backed off for now. But on the same day, they voted to make privatizing services a county priority going forward.

Read more: www.seiu521.org/standwithkern

Kern county workers need your help to send the board a message: “Just say ‘No’ to privatizing!”

Your voice matters – sign the pledge: www.seiu521.org/kcsupport


IGNITE conference sets SEIU leaders on fire

More than 1,000 SEIU members, staff, officers and activists gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, in March to “ignite” our labor movement and the fight for economic justice.

During the conference, delegates and participants committed to mobilize their friends, family and coworkers to support the April 15 National Day of Action.

Watch the Fight for $15 video and learn more here: www.seiu521.org/2015/03/ignite


Kid GovernorKid Governor needs a hand!

It’s time to fix California’s broken child care system.

Kid Governor unveiled child care legislation in Sacramento and now she needs your help to make it a reality: Lend a hand of support!

Read more: www.seiu521.org/helpkidgov


National Day of Action: Join the Fight for $15 on 4/15!

On April 15, working people, students, faith organizations, union members, and others in communities across the country will stand together to call for higher wages, union rights, better jobs, and economic justice for all.

We are stronger when we all win. Let’s stand together on April 15 and put our Community First!

Find out more:  http://april15.org


Quick Quiz

When and where was the first free public library created in the world?

A. 1833, Peterborough, New Hampshire, a proposal by the town’s Unitarian minister
B. 1785, Washington D.C., shortly after the Revolutionary War
C. 1894, Philadelphia, following a legal battle among existing libraries fighting over a $225,000 bequest.

Answer: A

The Peterborough Town Library, established in 1833, is the oldest tax-supported public library in the world.

In 1833, Reverend Abiel Abbot, Peterborough’s Unitarian minister, proposed the creation of the Peterborough Town Library, a central collection of books that would be owned by the people and free to all inhabitants of the town. Funds were available for a core collection because of the State Literary Fund – tax money originally collected to build a state university.

(The information contained in Answer C is factually correct, but the Peterborough Town Library still predates the Free Library of Philadelphia by 61 years.)

Source:  www.peterboroughtownlibrary.org/about/history

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