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.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

PHOTO & VIDEO GALLERY: October 10, 2015 Libraries In Crisis!: An Evening of Theater and Comedy

Our program for the evening
On Saturday, October 10, 2015 Citizens Defending Libraries and the Mother Theater Project presented an evening of theatrical readings, "Libraries In Crisis!: An Evening of Theater and Comedy."  Here is a video and photo gallery of that event.

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Libraries In Crisis!: An Evening of Theater and Comedy Program
    1.    Songs by Judy Gorman
    2.    “A Library Story” by Rudy Gray, directed by Susan Izatt*
        a.    Sonya. . . . . Colleen Kennedy*
        b.    Lance. . . . . John Marshal
    3.    “Night of the Walking Library Patrons” by David Schmitt, directed by Susan Izatt*
        a.    Bob. . . . . . . . . .John Marshall
        b.    Patron. . . . . . . .Paul Eisemann
        c.    Miles. . . . . . . . Mike Jankowitz
        d.    Mover . . . . . . .Paul Eisemann
        e.    Victor. . . . . . .  James Nugent*
        f.    Diane . . . . . . .  Colleen Kennedy*
        g.    Anxious man. . .Paul Eisemann
        h.    Ritchie. . . . . .. . Tim Fogliano
        i.    Russian man. . . Paul Eisemann
    4.    “Plan For A Library” by Rudy Gray, directed by Susan Izatt*
        a.    Pete. . . . . .. . . . .Tim Fogliano
        b.    Denton. . . . . . . .Paul Eisemann
    5.    “Of Mice and Books” by Bob Manus, directed by  by David Schmitt
        a.    George. . . . . .. . Bob Manus*
        b.    Aldo. . . . . . . . . .Ron Hirt

         INTERMISSION (and a commercial break brought to you by the Ad Council)

    6.    “The Francis Keally Song,” written and performed by Marilyn Berkon
    7.    “Dinosaurs” by Stanley W. Hathaway
        a.    Josh. . . . . .. . Tim Fogliano
        b.    Amani. . . . . .Rory Clark
    8.    “University of the People” (based on a true story) by Allan Lefcowitz, directed by Jane Ann Fox
        a.    Clarice Davis. . . . . . . . .Colleen Kennedy*
        b.    K-T Brady. . . .. . . . . . . . Laurel Lockhart*
        c.    Aristotle Kyrgios. . . . . . .  James Nugent*
    9.    “Got Books?” by Michael D. D. White, directed by Mike Jankowitz
        a.    A man . . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .Tim Fogliano
        b.    Voice occupying library. . . . .Paul Eisemann
    10.    Brief discussion after the show

    List of the evening’s performers, directors and playwrights


 Marilyn Berkon- Song writer
 Paul Eisemann- Actor
 Tim Fogliano- Actor
 Jane Ann Fox- Director
 Judy Gorman- Singer, Song-writer
 Rudy Gray- Playwright
 Stanley W. Hathaway- Playwright
 Ron Hirt- Actor
 Susan Izatt*- Director
 Mike Jankowitz*- Actor & Director
 Colleen Kennedy*- Actor
 Allan Lefcowitz- Playwright
 Laurel Lockhart*- Actor
 Bob Manus*- Actor & Playwright
 John Marshal- Actor
 James Nugent*- Actor
 David Schmitt*- Playwright & Director
 Michael D. D. White- Playwright

* Denotes members of Actors Equity Association  
We wish to specially thank Coco and Bruce Wilde of First Acoustics,  Dawn Brekke, and Times Square Playwrights for the special and generous contributions helping to make this evening happen
 
Judy Gorman introduces the show musically with three songs, one about libraries written specially for the evening.


“A Library Story” with Colleen Kennedy and John Marshal




“Night of the Walking Library Patrons” with Mike Jankowitz forground


“Plan For A Library” with Tim Fogliano (left) and Paul Eisemann (right)


“Of Mice and Books” with Bob Manus* 9left and Ron Hirt (right)





















Commercial Break: These Books Aren't Available Anymore- FBI In Your Living Room, 2002 Ad Council spot about libraries and American Freedom.
Marilyn Berkon signs "The Francis Keally Song" her own composition


“Dinosaurs”with Tim Fogliano (left) and Rory Clark (right)




“University of the People” with Colleen Kennedy* (left), James Nugent*(center) and Laurel Lockhart* (right)

“Got Books?” with Tim Fogliano

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