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.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

VIDEOS: Available videos pertaining to the Citizens Defending Libraries (Including Videos of Elected Officials and Candidates Expressing Their Views On Saving Libraries From Sell-offs)

Citizens Defending Libraries is making a all sorts of videos available on its Citizens Defending Libraries YouTube Channel.  Selected videos from that channel can also be found here in this video page.

Only Citizens Defending Libraries’s own videos (that it has itself put on the web) are on its YouTube Channel.  Videos produced by others or links to them can be found here.  The best viewing of the videos can be had by going to the YouTube Channel, YouTube, or site where they are hosted.

At the end of this page you will find videos pertaining to positions of elected officials and candidates for office about the sale of libraries and shrinkage of the system as well as treating the mayor's underfunding of libraries as an excuse for doing so.

Bulldoze this historic Brooklyn library to build a luxury tower? (A troop of Girl Scouts created this video to save the Pacific Branch Library.)

The Girl Scouts at City Hall courtesy of CDL’s YouTube channel

Video of the culminating City Hall event of Library Protection Week produced by the Comptroller’s Office: Comptroller Liu criticizes sell-off of libraries to real-estate developers (Apr. 18, 2013) (The event in which the Girl Scouts participated)

News12 Brooklyn:Citizens Defending Libraries fights Cadman Plaza library move to Grand Army Plaza, March 26, 2013 (Go to site to watch video of new story that ran throughout the day).
Half hour BCAT documentary featuring footage of Library Protection Week Rally at the Pacific Branch: Underfunding Scam to Close Down Libraries.


David Levering Lewis, Double Pulitzer Winner, Decries "Catastrophic" Central Library Plan

Video: SAVE THE STACKS! - NY Public Library Protest "Shoutin' out in Public Space" song New York Public Library SERMON by Rev. Billy + "Breaking Into Public Space" SONG

Video: SAVE THE STACKS! - NY Public Library Protest "Shoutin' out in Public Space" song

Video: Librarians, Activists, and Henry Louis Gates collide @ the New York Public Library (6.2.2013)

Video: Reverend Billy choir goes to save the libraries from sale, shrinkage and underfunding.

Video: June 3 vigil outside the 42nd St. Central Reference library Reverend Billy’s choir assembles.

Video: June 3 vigil outside the 42nd St. Central Reference library Rev. Billy Preaches and then the Stop Shopping Choir Performs “Breaking Into Public Space.”

Videos of Elected Officials and Candidates for Office

State Assemblyman Kellner Pledges Library Oversight Hearings Absent Full Disclosure

State Senator Montgomery Requests Comptroller Liu Audit Library Sell-Offs

Letitia James & Stephen Levin Fight Library Selloff Schemes

Council Member Letitia James [candidate for Public Advocate] Rejects BPL's Real Estate Deals on March 8, 2013

Councilman Stephen Levin Questions NYPL, Brooklyn & Queens Library Presidents

Assembly Woman Joan Millman’s Opening at Assembly Committee Hearings On Sell-off of NYC Libraries

State Senator Eric Adams, candidate for Brooklyn Borough President speaks out against selling libraries- Eric Adams at CBID

De Blasio: Halt NYC Library Sales Until Properly Reviewed
(This recent, 7/12/2013 video supersedes the earlier video of de Blasio before he said he had yet to inform himself about the facts.) 

ON CDL’s YouTube Channel where statements of many elected officials and candidates are available, Bill Thompson Blasts BPL-Bloomberg Library Sell-Offs At Mayoral Forum (Question: Is he leaving himself any wiggle room?  CDL is trying to meet with him on that.)

Brooklyn Heights Library Rally — Sal Albanese, candidate for Mayor

City Councilman and candidate for Manhattan Borough President Robert Jackson Stands With Library Defenders At City Hall

City Council Candidate Yetta Kurland: Save Our Libraries!

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 Visually oriented?  You might also be interested in the following:
•    PHOTO GALLERY- CDL's Library Protection Week (April 2013)

•    PHOTO GALLERY: May 8, 2013 Rally on Day of NYPL Trustee's Meeting

•    PHOTO GALLERY: June 3, 2013 Vigil At Central Reference Library Protesting Loss of Our Cultural Patrimony- Evening of NYPL Fund-Raiser

•    Cartoons and Images

•    More Cartoons and Images

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