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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

*MEDIA ADVISORY* THE VILLAGE OF SUNSET PARK TOGETHER WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL HOLD A RALLY TO SAVE THE SUNSET PARK LIBRARY

Our library defending friends on Sunset Park are holding a rally Saturday morning to save the Sunset Park Library.  Citizens Defending Libraries is invited to attend and participate and will be amongst those speaking.

Here is the Media Advisory about the event released by the Village of Sunset Park. 
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THE VILLAGE OF SUNSET PARK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24,2015

CONTACT: Christopher Robles
718-492-3600

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

THE VILLAGE OF SUNSET PARK
TOGETHER WITH COMMUNITY
LEADERS WILL HOLD A RALLY TO
SAVE THE SUNSET PARK LIBRARY

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

10:45 AM

5108 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY


BROOKLYN: Saturday, July 25, The Village Of Sunset Park, together with leaders of the community will host a rally at the Sunset Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to save the library from developers.

The Village of Sunset Park is a not for profit corporation comprised of members of the Sunset Park community and Attorneys whose focus is on issues which affect the community.

WHO: The Village of Sunset Park; community leaders and residents.

WHAT: The movement to save the Sunset Park Library from developers grows bigger everyday

WHERE: 5108 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN:
Saturday, July 25,11:00 AM

CONTACT: Christopher Robles  718-492-3600

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HERE IS THE PRESS RELEASE:
Press release from The village of Sunset park RE: Saving our library from developers

              Please find enclosed a press release from The Village of Sunset Park, a non-for profit community based organization. Our members which consist of Principals, Teachers,Attorneys, Law enforcement, and other community activist, have fought for and obtained new schools for our neighborhood which has been traditionally a neighborhood of immigrants and working class people. Our library supplements our over crowded schools. As a result, it is one of the most used libraries in the entire city of New York.  Now developers want to seize our library for free.The developer says it will spend 10 million dollars to give us four empty walls of a building and that we would have to obtain another 20 million to complete the new library, of which the Brooklyn Public library says it does not have.

          Yet the Home Reporter printed a story in its July  17-23 edition on page two that a developer is going to build a new 20 unit condominium on 97th st and third ave Brooklyn, complete for 10 million dollars. Which further leads us to believe that the proposed Sunset Park Library development project is a rip off of our public resources. 
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Here, in Spanish and English, is the flyer for the event (click to enlarge- And you can print):


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