Monday, June 14, 2010

Brooklyn Public Library Read-In

This interesting N.Y. Times story reports that some librarians in Brooklyn are not taking proposed city budget cuts lying down.  They held a 24-hour "read-in" to protest the cuts. 

As this Supreme Court case from 1966 demonstrates, public libraries were integral "contested" places during the civil rights era.  Then it was black protesters challenging segregationist policies at public facilities.  Today it is the librarians themselves who are protesting, and fighting to keep their facilities open to the public at large.

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