April 14th-Speak Out-Defend Chicago's Libraries!

The Occupy Chicago Labor Working Group's Library Task Force, as part of the Chicago People's Library Movement, will hold simultaneous public meetings at branch libraries in all various parts of Chicago this Saturday to mark the start of National Library Week (April 14 - 18), and to raise public awareness and voice opposition to service and staff cuts at Chicago Public Libraries and privatization of C.P.L. resources.  

Since January 100 pages remain laid off, branch libraries are open four instead of eight hours Mondays, most children's programs are gone, there are few new books and longer checkout and reference lines. Since 2010 branch libraries are open only 48 hours per week rather than 64 hours as they were before.

-   Do You Use the Libraries to Find Employment, Do Homework, Apply for College/ Scholarships/ Loans/ Social Security Benefits, or to Read, Speak and Listen to Others in our Community?

-   Do You Want the City to Rehire All 100 Pages Laid Off in January 2012 so Libraries can Reopen All Day on Mondays and Bring Back our Children's Programs?

-   Do You Want our Libraries to Reopen Monday through Thursday 9 am-9 pm, Friday & Saturday like they were until 2010, and Sundays Too?

-   Do You Want more Library Staff and Resources Like Books, Computers, Educational Materials, Employment Info, Social Service Workshops, and CD/DVDs, etc. and in the neighborhood languages?

-   Do You Want to Meet with Your Neighbors to Co-Create a Vision of What Chicagoans Want our Libraries to Be?  


Whether You Use the Libraries a Little or a Lot, They Need Your Help!

Join us to Celebrate National Library Week April 14-18

Library patrons will gather at nine C.P.L. branch libraries and speak out about the recent and likely imminent cuts to library service and staff.  Patrons will speak out about the meaning and importance libraries have to their lives, the effect cuts to hours and service have had, for the restoration of cuts and for their vision of what Chicago Public Libraries should and could be.  

The meetings will take place Saturday, April 14th, at these times and locations:


10:00 am – noon @ Bezazian Library 1226 W. Ainslie

10:00 am – noon @ Little Village Library 2311 S. Kedzie

12:00 pm – 1:30 @ McKinley Park Library 1915 W. 35th St

12:00 pm – 1:30 @ Kelly Library 6151 S. Normal

1:30 pm – 3:30 @ Daley Library 3400 S. Halsted

1:30 pm – 3:30 @ Toman Library 2708 S. Pulaski

2:00 pm – 4:00 @ Albany Park Library 5150 N. Kimball

2:00 pm – 4:00 @ Rudy Lozano Library 1805 S. Loomis

3:00 pm – 5:00 @ Logan Square Library 3030 W. Fullerton







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