70-foot long UnWelcome mat masterpiece unveiled to send a clear message.
One hundred and fifty Escondido residents gathered on Saturday to roll out the UnWelcome mat for Library Systems and Services at the Escondido Public Library.
They made calls and videos, collected petition signatures, and sang a special song in support of keeping our public library operated by, for, and accountable to the public.
A city council majority including Mayor Sam Abed along with Councilmen John Masson, and Ed Gallo voted last month to develop a contract to outsource the library with Library Systems and Services (LS&S).
The UnWelcome mat presented had colorful, bilingual and very pointed messages to LS&S letting them know they are not welcome in Escondido.
- We don’t want you, we don’t need you.
- LS&S not welcome here.
- LS&S La biblioteca es nuestra.
Many attendees made short videos to send to the President and CEO of LS&S and Argosy Capital, owners of LS&S.
The video messages were short and not-so-sweet. Thirty-year Escondido resident Brenda Townsend said,
“Our library has been here 123 years without you and we can go another 123 years. We don’t need you, we don’t like you, and we don’t want you. Stay where you are. Leave us alone.”
Student Anthony Rodriguez said,
“I rely on this library for my school books. I need this library to be successful.”
Marty Tucker said,
“This is a public library. For the people. Not someone far away. It’s ours.”
Debbie Resler and her son shared,
“LS&S we are here to tell you there is no place and no room for you here.”
The full Escondido City Council will be in closed session on this matter on September 20 and will potentially consider a contract starting in October.
Keep updated about this issue by joining us at SaveEscondidoLibrary@gmail.com .
Content via Escondido Indivisible.