Providence Public Library Launches PR Campaign against City Lawsuit

Since when do librarians encourage name-calling and insult-hurling?

Calling Mayor David N. Cicilline a “petulant child,” the Providence Public Library on Monday said a recently filed city lawsuit attempting to resolve needed repair work at the city’s library buildings was “baseless” and “harassing.”

The library, which operated the city’s nine branch libraries until last year, accuses the city and the new operator of its branch system, the Providence Community Library, of mounting a campaign to damage the PPL and “plunder its assets.”

The statements were in response to a city lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Providence.

The suit argues that the Providence Public Library is in breach of contract for failing to make required repairs to the library buildings, seven of which it still owns and leases to the city for a $1 a year.


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