PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney today issued the following statement on the resignation of Siobahn Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Reardon has served as President and Director since 2008.

“I want to thank Siobahn Reardon for her service to the City, and I wish her well in her future endeavors. The Free Library of Philadelphia strives to be a welcoming and inclusive public space, and that mission must endure. After hearing calls for reform from Library employees and the public, it is clear that a change in leadership is necessary during these unprecedented times.

“Our administration stands in solidarity with the Free Library’s Black employees, and the countless others who have made their voices heard. More than ever, people across the nation—and right here in Philadelphia—are demanding changes from institutions and those in power.

“Revitalizing parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and library facilities has been a priority of my administration since day one. The Library system is a very vital part of our communities, and we look forward to reopening them safely to serve the residents of Philadelphia. As we continue to invest in building inclusive and resilient neighborhoods, we affirm our commitment to the Free Library as they begin their next chapter.”

The Mayor’s Office will work with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees to conduct a search for the next President.