Mess with a librarian, and you get the horn rimmed glasses: Occupy Wall Street

| November 16, 2011

I was a supporter of the Occupy Wall St. movement from pretty early on. I was relieved that we were finally saying in public, what we had been mumbling about over beers, in our kitchens and while attempting to track down and pay the people who’d recently bought our student loan debt. When I heard about the OWSLibrary I thought to myself “how can anyone say libraries don’t matter when its one of the first things they put together at this park?”. Seriously, food tent, Medical, Library . . . this is how important it is to people.

I was reading an article recently that used a religious experience metric to evaluate people’s feelings about libraries. They found it to be a much more accurate way to describe these feelings. Libraries are just about the usefulness in the direct applications of their materials to a problem, they are useful to our humanity. This is why I can’t stop ranting about the attempted destruction of this library by the NYPD, ordered by Mayor Bloomberg. (The First time during the 1am raid, the second only just tonight). A library is a sacred space, a library meets as many needs as it’s asked to meet often with a shoestring and a piece of duct tape. They jailed these librarians for staying with their collections (they have since been released).

The Urban Libraries Unite blog says it perfectly:

The destruction of a library is an attack on the memory of a society and is an assault not only on the institution but on the state which instigates it. Mass arrests and police action in the dead of night targeting citizens guilty of misdemeanors at best is antithetical to our national culture. Paramilitary thugs throwing a public lending library into a dumpster under cover of darkness is a direct refutation of the role of libraries in America and an insult to our ideals as a people.

You can donate books to the OWSLibrary (because you can’t keep a library down!)by simply stopping by, or by sending them to:

The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People’s Library
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038

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