A Flash Mob Library Hug
June 4, 2011, 2:00pm
We Will Not Be Shushed: A 24-Hour Read-In
June 11 and 12, 2011
4:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Save NYC Libraries and Urban Librarians Unite announce two Library advocacy events, a massive library hug in support of New York City's public libraries, and the We Will Not Be Shushed 24-Hour Read-In.
The Library Hug will bring together library supporters and staff to show love for the library and all that it does for our community. Library activists will encircle the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42 Street and 5th Avenue, New York, New York, USA. They will surround this most historic and symbolic of libraries arm-in-arm to show support for our cultural repositories. This is also to symbolically protect the library from the devastating budget cuts that New York City’s Libraries are facing. It will happen at 2:00 PM June 4, 2011.
The We Will Not Be Shushed 24-Hour Read-In brings New Yorkers together for 24-hours of continuous public reading to further focus attention on these cuts on June 11 and 12, 2011. From 4PM Saturday to 4PM Sunday, in 15 minute increments, authors, supporters, and library staff will read aloud from books of their choosing. Readings will span all genres and includes hours of Sunday morning storytime for children.
Mayor Bloomberg's Executive Budget for FY'11 calls for a reduction in funding of $25.5 million for Queens Library, $25.2 million for Brooklyn Public Library, and $40 million for New York Public Library. This represents a cumulative 40% decrease in funding since 2008. If enacted, the budget cuts will result in the closing of at least 40 libraries, almost 1500 library staff being laid off. Almost all libraries will be closed on the weekend with many neighborhood libraries being open 2-3 days a week. Unless the City Council votes to restore funding, libraries' ability to provide New Yorkers with job search help, afterschool tutoring, computer access and instruction, English classes, and research assistance will be devastated.
Last year the Save NYC Libraries’ Read-In had approximately 1200 attendees over the course of the 24 hours and received extensive coverage in print, radio, and television media. This year’s Library Hug is part of an aggressive activism campaign for libraries in the city which will culminate in the 24 Hour Read-In on June 11th and 12th..