Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Citizens Defending Libraries Launched As New Site Posting Resources Concerning Fight Against Shrinkage, Defunding And Sell-Off Of Libraries

There is a new site up, Citizens Defending Libraries, in connection with:
the petition and campaign to oppose the defunding of New York City's libraries, the shrinkage of the system and the sale of library real estate in deals that prioritize benefit for developers.
The site has links to articles pertaining to the current situation (including a number of Noticing New York articles), the petition, action steps and information about upcoming events and meetings (including weekly organizational meetings).  For instance, Thursday, (February 28, 2013) there will be a meeting at the library in Brooklyn Heights Library (280 Cadman Plaza) about the proposed sell-off and shrinkage of that library, possibly to Forest City Ratner (that will include attendance by elected representatives, City Councilman Steve Levin and State Senator Daniel Squadron and representatives of the Brooklyn Heights Association) and on Friday, March 8, 2013 there will be a City Council hearing about the city budget for libraries meaning that it will provide a forum for addressing the defunding of libraries and the “demolition by neglect” of the library system preparatory to its shrinkage through the proposed sell-offs to developers.

The Citizens Defending Libraries site will keep updating so it can be visited periodically to keep up-to-date with the latest information.

Those wishing to access a complete list of Noticing New York articles about the situation concerning  libraries can do so here by clicking on the “libraries” label at the bottom of this post.

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