Ralph Nader Rallies Forces to Rescue D.C. Public Library. (News Fronts)

By Kniffel, Leonard | American Libraries, January 2003 | Go to article overview

Ralph Nader Rallies Forces to Rescue D.C. Public Library. (News Fronts)


Kniffel, Leonard, American Libraries


The cash-strapped District of Columbia Public Library, the sorry state of which was documented during 2002 in the Washington Post, may have found its champion in Ralph Nader. The consumer activist and former presidential candidate hosted a $10,000-a-table benefit dinner at the Carnegie Institution December 11 to rally philanthropists and business leaders around the library.

"If I don't do it, no one is going to do it," Nader told American Libraries, lamenting the abysmal state of support for the library. Less than .07% of the city's budget goes to DCPL, he said, noting that the system had 200 more staff members in 1976 than it has now.

The initial goal of Nader's campaign is to raise $350,000 for an 18-month improvement blitz, beginning this month, that will include repairs to the system's 27 branches. Nader also wants to gain long-term political and community support for boosting the library's budget and for new activities focusing on children, the arts, and literacy.

A man of little personal wealth, Nader told AL he hopes to do for DCPL what Vartan Gregorian did for the New York Public Library. Now president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Gregorian, as NYPL president from 1981 to 1989, was able to turn that library's funding situation around by making it chic to be a library supporter. Nader said he also wants to give the library a voice in D.C. government.

"Somebody of his stature will open doors for us," DCPL Director Molly Raphael told AL. She said the project was "a tremendous opportunity" that Nader proposed to her after reading about the library's plight last summer. She said he sent 250 new gift books and asked that they be spread around the system, and then called two days later and began formulating his plan.

A lifelong library patron and nearly 50-year D. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Ralph Nader Rallies Forces to Rescue D.C. Public Library. (News Fronts)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.