They’re ain’t no party like a library party, because a library party don’t stop. Except, of course, when it is forced to stop if the city’s proposed budget cuts go through, possibly slashing some $25 million from the Brooklyn Public Library. Which is the reason for this non-stop party in the first place. This Saturday into Sunday, the Save NYC Libraries campaign will gather on the steps of the Grand Army Plaza branch for its We Will Not Be Shushed 24-hour Read-In. The event includes public readings to show support for the library and bring attention to the budget cuts. Sign up here because it’s Dewey (Decimal System) or die time!
From 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday, in 15 minute increments, authors, supporters and library staff will read aloud from books oftheir choosing. Readings will span the gamut and includes hours of Sunday morning story time for children.
According to Save NYC Libraries, Mayor Bloomberg’s budget calls for a reduction in funding of $25.5million for Queens Library, $25.2 million for Brooklyn Public Library and $40 million for New York Public Library, a 40 percent decrease in funding since 2008. About 1,200 people attended last year’s Read-In.