Awesomeness on the Steps of the Library

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Where were you this past Saturday night? Warm and snug in your apartment, listening to the storm rage outside? Not us.

Hardcore library activists and supporters read from 4PM Saturday June 11th to 4PM Sunday June 12th on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. Through rain, cold, and driving winds we read aloud in fifteen minute segments to protest the devastating cuts faced by libraries in New York City.

Our Dauntless Library Advocates in the City Council, Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent Gentile

As the wind slammed down on us from Eastern Parkway, readers took to the podium with everything from Herman Melville to Justin Bieber. New York City authors Barry Lyga, Marilyn Johnson, and Jesse Karp read and City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer, Vincent Gentile, and Brad Lander all read and spoke. Hundreds of library supporters stopped to listen, write postcards, sign petitions, and show their support for libraries in New York City.

The variety of the readers and the readings which they selected attested to the variety and vibrancy of library users in New York City. Even more compelling were the supporters who stayed around the clock through rain and wind and plummeting temperatures.

The event took place on the plaza of the stunning Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library for the second year in a row and the only shelter was from two small overhead tents provided by the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library. Fueled by massive amounts of coffee and Red Bull, supporters shivered under tarps and blankets scorning the weather with comedy and selections from the works of Anais Nin and Our Bodies Ourselves. The sun broke out just in time for four hours of storytime for families from 8AM to noon.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support libraries this weekend. The cuts we are facing are as devastating as the cold winds that we faced in Saturday night. But we can’t huddle under our blankets in the face of these cuts. We have to stand up and fight them, so keep sending your postcards and emails. Let them be a rainstorm into the city council member’s offices, a deluge of  support. Your efforts will make a difference, so keep it up! Only a few more weeks to go!

More photos available from this and other events here.

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