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To: County Executive Brenton Davis, and County Council members

Keep Our Library Public

Let the  County Executive Brenton Davis, the County Council members know that leasing part of the Blasco Library to Gannon -- a private, religious university -- is illegal, unethical, and a violation of their duties to taxpayers and the public trust.

Keep Our Library Public (KOLP) has filed a legal complaint in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas to prevent 3200 square feet of Blasco Erie County Public Library in Erie County, PA from being leased to a tax-exempt, private, religious university. 

Sign here to support our lawsuit to rescind this lease and to get updates.

Please DONATE to support our lawsuit: https://www.fundlibraries.org/erie
Donations are tax deductible.  

Why is this important?

Erie County Executive Brenton Davis and some members of the County Council have wrongly entered into a lease agreement with Gannon University, a private, religious, tax-exempt institution without input or approval from taxpayers.  The lease grants Gannon the takeover of 3200 square feet as well as access to substantial portions of the only public library located within the City of Erie—the Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library.  

Members and supporters of “Keep our Library Public” (KOLP) span all ages, genders, incomes, backgrounds, and political affiliations.  We live and pay taxes in municipalities throughout Erie County.  We believe our elected officials should carry out their official duties openly, responsibly, and with reasonable input from their constituents—the residents and taxpayers of Erie County.   

But over and over again, our elected officials, the Bishop of the Erie Diocese, and the Gannon University administration, have ignored the voices of library users and hardworking taxpayers. The past County Council Chairman denied our right to speak at a December 2023 public meeting, and even had people removed from that meeting. 
 
Sign and share this petition to tell our elected leaders to listen to taxpayers, keep our public library public, and cancel the lease immediately. 

Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States

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2024-07-09 12:34:35 -0400

Keep Our Library Public (KOLP) has filed a legal complaint in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas to prevent 3200 square feet of Blasco Erie County Public Library in Erie County, PA from being leased to a tax-exempt, private, religious university. Please help us fund our legal fight!

https://keepourlibrarypublic.com/donate/

2024-07-08 22:04:27 -0400

Please help us fund our legal fight!
Donations given through https://www.fundlibraries.org/erie are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support! Please share the petition with everyone you know!

Together we can win this fight!

2024-07-01 19:11:29 -0400

Watch video of news coverage of our lawsuit against Brenton Davis and Erie County here: https://www.yourerie.com/news/pennsylvania-news/erie-county/keep-our-library-public-files-lawsuit-against-erie-county-brenton-davis/

2024-07-01 07:12:30 -0400

100 signatures reached

2024-06-30 13:12:06 -0400

50 signatures reached

2024-06-29 09:51:36 -0400

25 signatures reached

2024-06-29 06:42:24 -0400

10 signatures reached