Why Is New York City Planning to Sell and Shrink Its Libraries?

Defend our libraries, don't defund them. . . . . fund 'em, don't plunder 'em

Mayor Bloomberg defunded New York libraries at a time of increasing public use, population growth and increased city wealth, shrinking our library system to create real estate deals for wealthy real estate developers at a time of cutbacks in education and escalating disparities in opportunity. It’s an unjust and shortsighted plan that will ultimately hurt New York City’s economy and competitiveness.

It should NOT be adopted by those we have now elected to pursue better policies.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Calendar of Defending Library Events

[Back To Main Page]  (The main updates to this page now just occur in the calendar below.)

Below is Citizens Defending Libraries publicly available Google Calendar.

We try to keep the calendar up to date as best we can.  We don't always succeed.  You are invited to let us know what we should be adding to it.

•   Please refer to the calendar above for upcoming events.  We have switched over to this (together with periodic emails to signers of the petition, plus Tweets and Facebook posts) as the primary means of updating people although we may occasionally list put certain future events down below here to get them extra attention.
•   NYPL Board of Trustee Meetings.  The dates for the New York Public Library trustees meetings (which sometimes change) and the other public meetings of its various board committees (Executive, Program and Policy, etc.) are posted on the web.  Attendance by the public is valuable.  The public is not invited to speak at these meetings.  The trustees meetings (not the committee meetings) are usually, not always, at the 42nd Street Central Reference Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 at 4:00 PM.
•   BPL Board of Trustee Meetings.  The dates for the Brooklyn Public Library trustees meetings (which sometimes change) are posted on the web (click on "trustees").  Attendance by the public is valuable.  The public is not invited to speak at these meetings.  Information about the other public meetings of its various board committee is not available on web although it probably should be under the state Open Meetings Law.  The trustees meetings are usually, not always, held at in Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 at 5:30 PM.
 •   QPL Board of Trustee Meetings.  The dates for the Queens Public Library trustees meetings seem to be missing from the libraries website and its is not clear how the public is supposed to know when and where the meeting are so it can come, an apparent violation of the Open Meetings Law.  Attendance by the public is valuable.  We suggest calling the Press Office for more information.  The public is not invited to speak at these meetings.  Minutes of the meetings, board packets and other information respecting past meetings is extensively available at the site.  The trustees meetings are usually at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432 and held in the evening.
  •   City Council Meetings, Including its Library and Culture Committees. The calendar for the New York City Council is on the web.  (You can also use it as a porthole to view video of past meetings.)  Libraries are handled by its “Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations” as well as that committees “Subcommittee on Libraries,” which has a history of being passive is response the domination of  Cultural Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer who has consistently pressed for all the library sales and policies related thereto.  The underfunding of libraries as an excuse to sell them is also a budget matter.  When libraries owned by the city are turned into real estate deals the first City Council Committee to get a crack at the proposal before the entire City Council is the Land Use Committee.
 CONTACT: To contact Citizens Defending Libraries email Backpack362 (at) aol.com.

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The first petition (gathered over 17,000 signature, most of them online- available at signon.org with a background statement and can still be signed).   On June 16, Citizens Defending libraries issued a new updated petition that you can sign now:
Mayor de Blasio: Rescue Our Libraries from Developer Destruction
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