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


•        Cartoons and Images
This cartoon by Mark Hurwitt has been a favorite for people to complain about, including a complaint from at least one trustee on the board of one of the libraries who works for one of the city's biggest real estate companies.  The complaint is about the "tone" of CDL's message.  Mark Hurwitt say that, professionally speaking, cartoonists consider such complaints a true measure of the success of what they have accomplished.  

    •    More Cartoons and Images

 Artist Gary Panter says: “Essential to all lovers of beauty, intellect”and "A WORLD OF ITEMS THAT DO NOT GOOGLE." (on Facebook)

    •    Even More (Shareable) Cartoons and Images- From Artists Fighting To Oppose Sale, Shrinkage and Plundering of Libraries

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

De Blasio: Halt NYC Library Sales Until Properly Reviewed (From Citizens Defending Libraries YouTube Channel)
    •    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)

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