From: Community Access projectDate: February 17, 2010 10:48:56 AM ESTTo: nmilnor@somervillema.govCc: rebekah@rcn.comSubjec...
Project Director, Co m m u n ity Access & InclusionProjectcc: Alderperson Rebekah Gewirtz, Ward 6---REMayor Joseph A. Curt...
attend.   ENTRANCE INACCESSIBLEOther program highlights include:· an exhibit of Somerville High School students originalar...
ACCESSAll events are free (with the exception of the benefit concert at theNave Gallery) and open to the public.Somerville...
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Attempt to make "Somerville Reads" accessible. February 2010.

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This letter was sent to the Somerville Library Director in February, 2010, in order to inform her regarding the current inaccessibility of several of this program's events. However, she ignored our concerns, and all inaccessible programs were presented to the public as originally planned.

The City of Somerville fails to demonstrate adequate understanding that inaccessible means: discrimination by design.

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Attempt to make "Somerville Reads" accessible. February 2010.

  1. 1. From: Community Access projectDate: February 17, 2010 10:48:56 AM ESTTo: nmilnor@somervillema.govCc: rebekah@rcn.comSubject: Somerville Reads- Davis SquareplanningDear Director Milnor,Somerville Reads sounds like a Wonderful project.Congratulations for this initiative!However, in order to ensure that these free events aregenuinely com m u n ity-building, please find analternate neighborhood venue for the planned WestLibrary event on April 26th? Otherwise, this is yetanother slap in the face for residents in thatneighborhood who are still excluded from enjoying thisbeautiful Librarys refuge and resources due to itsinaccessibility.I know you sincerely care about this issue, and wouldnever intentionally exclude residents. Ive ccdAlderwoman Gewirtz in hopes that she can connectyou up with an accessible com m u n ity gatheringlocation in the Davis Square area.Thank you very much.Eileen Feldman
  2. 2. Project Director, Co m m u n ity Access & InclusionProjectcc: Alderperson Rebekah Gewirtz, Ward 6---REMayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Executive Director of the SomervillePublic Library Nancy Milnor announced today that the City ofSomervillewill launch its first "one city, one book" campaign in March2010. Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy andcom m u n ity by encouraging people all over the City to read and discussthe same book. The book that has been selected is The Things TheyCarried by Tim OBrien, a collection of related stories about a platoonof American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Copies of the book areavailable for check out at all Somerville Public Library locations and avariety of events and exhibits will take place in venues throughout theCity beginning in late March and continuing through April."We are grateful to have received this grant, and to be able tobring such a wonderful, com m u n ity-building program to the City ofSomerville and its residents," Milnor said. "TimOBriens book presents ideas and issues that bridgegenerational gaps. Somerville Reads encourages all residents –veterans, im m igrants, teens, parents, teachers – to come together tolearn and share."The program will kick off with a concert of Vietnam War era music byTheBand That Time Forgot and their special guests on Sunday, March 28thfrom 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue.)Theconcert is free, refreshments will be served, and all are invited to
  3. 3. attend. ENTRANCE INACCESSIBLEOther program highlights include:· an exhibit of Somerville High School students originalartwork relating to the Vietnam War at the Central Library (79 HighlandAvenue) throughout the month of April· a talk on the history and culture of Vietnam by Harvardhistory professor Hue- Tam Ho Tai on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m.atthe Central Library· a com m u n ity read-aloud from the book on Tuesday, April 8that 7:00 p.m. at the East Branch Library (115 Broadway) NEWFRONT RAMP, BUT EXCESSIVE SLOPES. WHATABOUT INTERIOR?· a book discussion led by author Margot Livesey on Tuesday,April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Porter Square Books (25 White Street,Cambridge)· a book discussion led by Tufts English professor MichaelDowning on Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library· an all day Vietnam Film Festival on Saturday, April 24th atthe Central Library with screenings of Good Morning Vietnam, TheQuietAmerican, and Born on the 4th of July· a book/movie discussion on Monday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m.at the West Branch Library (40 College Avenue) NO ACCESS· a concert to benefit The New England Center for Ho m elessVeterans at the Nave Gallery (Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church,155Powderhouse Boulevard) [date and bands to be announced] NO
  4. 4. ACCESSAll events are free (with the exception of the benefit concert at theNave Gallery) and open to the public.Somerville Reads is presented by the Somerville Public Library with thesupport of a generous grant from the federal Institute of Museu m andLibrary Services through the Library Service and Technology Actadministered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Co m m issioners.TheInstitute of Museu m and Library Services is the primary source offederal support for the nations 123,000 libraries and 17,500museu ms. The Institutes mission is to create strong libraries andmuseu ms that connect people to information and ideas. The Instituteworks at the national level and in coordination with state and localorganizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhancelearning and innovation; and support professional developm e nt. Tolearnmore about the Institute, please visit www.i mls.gov.The Massachusetts Board of Library Co m m issioners (MBLC) is a stateagency that supports, improves, and promotes library servicesthroughoutthe Co m m o n w ealth. To learn more about the MBLC, please visitmblc.state.ma.us.More information about Somerville Reads will be coming soon!

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