Librarians in the Streets

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Christian Zabriskie, assistant manager of the Baisley Park community library in Queens and Lauren Comito, Outreach Librarian at Queens Library, talk about the library advocacy group they founded that utilizes street action, Urban Librarians Unite.

→ Event: The 4th Annual  24-hour Read-In takes place from 4 p.m to 4 p.m., June 8th and 9th, in front of the Brooklyn Central Library in Grand Army Plaza.

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Lauren Comito and Christian Zabriskie

Comments [5]

Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

I would suggest that if the Brian Lehrer show is going to devote a segment to interviewing representatives of Urban Librarians Unite it also should get around to a segment interviewing representatives of Citizens Defending Libraries, perhaps together with representatives of the Committee to Save the New York Public Library. Citizens Defending Libraries and CSNPL have been able to muster much bigger truly activist events representative of the library using community, and does so (here's an important distinction) without assistance and resources provided by library administration officials. CDL has over 12,000 signatures on its position. CDL's position on the need to restore library funding is about the same as Urban Librarians Unite, but and here is the really key distinction where the public strongly supports us and NOT Urban Librarians Unite, we are opposed to the sale and shrinkage of NYC libraries which Urban Librarians Unite refuses to oppose.

For more information about this see:

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Irony Of Ironies: Urban Librarians Unite, Holding A “We Will Not Be Shushed Read In June 8 & 9th! Sign Up Now!” Event, Wanted To “Shush” Citizens Defending Libraries About It.

Jul. 03 2013 11:56 AM
Jane from Rockaway NJ

Please, please, please, bring up the question of the thousands of journals, newspapers and magazines that are available through library websites all over the country but are under-marketed therefore under-used and highly expensive to the taxpayer. These are likely to be prime targets when it comes to budget cuts and nobody will be the wiser. It is a complete disgrace that nobody is marketing these valuable resources (current Consumer Reports, NY Times Historical, Time Magazine to name a few). The vendors could market them to save their own markets, and so could the state libraries that pay for them.

Jun. 06 2013 05:15 PM
ken kugler from Nassau county

Save the libraries and kudos to Christian Zabriskie and Lauren Comito for working so hard to spread the word. I hope the candidates fill out the 5 questions so we can see what THEY think are important.

Jun. 05 2013 11:09 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I once loved books. I read at least 1000 before I was age 13. I once even owned part of a book store in Manhattan. But today, I prefer e-books. I physically have no room left for hardcover or softcover books anymore. But I do miss the musky smell and ritual of cracking open an old book in particular. I don't think they will be eliminated any time soon, but e-books is definitely the way to go in most cases.

Jun. 04 2013 11:00 AM
jf from the future

Libraries are revolutionary. Utopian government in practice. Libraries would Never be invented in our time. The corporate police state would have swat teams breaking in through the windows like they did to kim dotcom.

Jun. 04 2013 10:55 AM

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