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

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

Simon Verity

Artist Gary Panter says: “proximity of books to scholars is essential.” (on Facebook)

Cartoonist Ben Katchor says: "Don't allow real-estate racketeers to dismantle our free, world-class research library! (on Facebook)
 Artist Gary Panter says: “Essential to all lovers of beauty, intellect”and "A WORLD OF ITEMS THAT DO NOT GOOGLE." (on Facebook)
Mark Hurwitt's Cartoon.  Bloomberg stood between the public and the libraries it wants. Now it's time for the better policies we voted for! (on Facebook)
Citizens Defending Libraries sign-- Held up at meeting of Brooklyn Heights Association because the BHA has been supporting library sales and shrinkages (and associated underfunding), refusing to endorse Bill de Blasio's call to halt them. (on Facebook)

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