It’s Going to Be a Busy May!

What’s that you say? You want to help save NYC’s libraries? Super! Now that the Mayor has added an additional 9 million dollars to his slate of cuts it’s more neccessary than ever. You can come to any or all of the many advocacy events being planned for this month.

Upcoming events:

May 14th – 11am – Love Your Library Day with Lost in the Stacks

Brooklyn Public Library At Grand Army Plaza

Come down and support your library while enjoying the music of Lost In The Stacks. Love Your Library Day will include an advocacy rally, activities for children, fundraising for our collection (Support Our Shelves), and of course, live music from LITS. While you’re there, don’t forget to contact your councilperson and Mayor Bloomberg to let them know you oppose further cuts to our city’s libraries.

May 18th – 3:30 – Queens Library Rally at Flushing Community Library

Join Borough President Helen Marshall and CEO Tom Galante at a rally to save Queens Library.

May 21st – 11am – Boardwalk for Books

Walkers will walk from either 60th Street or 116th Street Boardwalk entrances toward Beach 92nd Street. We will meet and converge on Peninsula Library where a Save Queens Library Rally will take place at 12:30. Walk with us, Rally with us, and Stand Up for Queens Libraries!

May 23rd – 10am – Library Budget Hearing and Rally

The Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations will hold a joint hearing on the Mayor’s budget with the Finance Committee, and the Select Committee on Libraries. Keep an eye on this site for more info about this rally!

May 26 – 11am – Library Rally at City Hall

Come tell the Mayor and City Council how much you value your library services! We’ll meet at the fountain in City Hall Park and march to the steps together.

Read-In News

The outpouring of support we’ve been receiving is just amazing. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and offers of assistance.

We’ve had so many offers to read that we’ve filled all of our slots and then some. You can still email us at if you’d like to join the waiting list or volunteer to help in another way.

What we really need next weekend is an audience for our intrepid readers. Bring your friends, bring a lunch (or breakfast, or late night snack) and hang out with us on the plaza for the day. There should be plenty of good company.

Many people have said they wished they could participate but can’t because of geography. Not a problem! Put our button on your sidebar or in your profile picture, and read along with us on the 12th and 13th.  Thanks to Debbie Diesen for the great idea.

Big thanks to Brian Fairbanks of Asylum NY for his awesome article.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Read-In!

Let’s show city officials just how much New Yorkers love their libraries!


24 Hour Read-In

Come out and support libraries during the 24 hour We Will Not Be Shushed Read-In. This is going to be a unified libraries effort with readers and library workers from all three tri-li systems. We already have the full endorsement of Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library administration. This is going to be a huge event in support of libraries.

We need your help! We need readers and we need supporters to come out and help out at the event. We will have a voice reading in front of the library for the full 24 hours. For that to happen it will take many voices to fill the time. Please contact us and sign up for a slot as soon as possible.

Together we can save our libraries and keep our library staff behind the desk where they belong.

To volunteer for a reading slot or to help with the event itself, please email

June 12th – 13th
5pm – 5pm
Front Steps of Brooklyn Public Library @ Grand Army Plaza