PRESS RELEASE: Brooklyn Public Library Trustees Looking To Put Writers Out Of Work Create Story That Writes Itself- Their Bios
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWhat do the Brooklyn Public Library trustees have against those who put pen to paper to earn a living? Having shown an increasing hostility to books the trustees now seem to be looking to put writers out of work by setting up the story that writes itself; their collected biographies together with those of library administration officials they are hiring to run the libraries, including Brooklyn Public Library President Linda Johnson . . .
New York City
WHAT: Readers find the simple collection of biographies of Brooklyn Public Library trustees more engrossing than very best detective and suspense fiction.
WHAT ELSE?: Citizens Defending Libraries is available to provide facts about the conduct of the Brooklyn Public Library trustees and their sale and shrinkage of libraries, elimination of books and librarians.
. . . Just a few weeks back, Citizens Defending Libraries posted a page with the collected biographies of the Brooklyn Public Library trustees . . . apparently people are finding it ulta-ultra fascinating reading:
Brooklyn Public Library Trustees- Identified + Biographical and Other Information Supplied
“Some of the reviews of the new Bernie Madoff mini-series have commented that the series is `underwritten,’ but the life of Bernie Madoff is so sensational it writes itself. It’s the same thing with these library trustees; you just wouldn’t believe where they are coming from,” says Michael D. D. White co-founder of Citizens Defending libraries, the group formed three years ago to fight the sale and shrinkage of city libraries, the underfunding of libraries with the elimination of books and librarians to create real estate deals that benefit developers, not the public.
Since the biographies has been posted, Citizens Defending Libraries has been crowd sourcing information and contributed leads for additions and has been updating the page accordingly.
People are waking up to the fact that people from Wall Street, the real estate industry, and other profit oriented and monopolistic organizations can be extremely ill-suited to running organizations that are supposed to be charitable, public spirited, education and democracy oriented. Citizens Defending Libraries has set up a companion page with links to some of the previously written articles raising concerns in this regard and reviewing how these concerns apply in particular to who we chose to be in charge of libraries.
Why Nonprofit Boards May Stray From Their Core Missions And Obligations To the Public- Considered Generally And Particularly With Respect To Libraries
Presently, the BPL trustees have been pressing hard for the sale of the central destination Downtown Brooklyn Heights Library. The library, Brooklyn's second largest, would be sold by the trustees for a fraction of its value, less than they would get for a vacant lot. At a time of escalating library use, the recently expanded and fully upgraded library would cost over $120 million to replace, but the BPL trustees would sell it to net probably less than $25 million at best and would replace it with a shrunken library of less than 42% the current size with much of the public space moved underground.
The sale of the library was supposed to be considered by the Brooklyn Borough Board on February 2nd (Groundhog’s Day), but, breaking news on this front, that consideration was postponed when a newly formed group, Love Brooklyn Libraries, filed a complaint with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that the Brooklyn Public Library has deceitfully understated its capital funds in order to promote and rationalize the trustees’ sale of the library.
For more on this see:
Love Brooklyn Libraries Files Complaint With Attorney General Eric Schneiderman That Brooklyn Public Library Understates Capital Funds In Order to Sell Heights Library
How questionably the trustees have conducted themselves has been hiding in plain sight in the BPL’s own minutes, notwithstanding that the BPL and its trustees have been stonewalling investigation.
Carolyn E. McIntyre, Michael D. D. White
Michael White, 718-834-6184, mddwhite [at] aol.com
Carolyn McIntyre, 917-757-6542 cemac62 [at] aol.com
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