Monday, March 29, 2010

Boston Public Library Protesters: "Don't close the book on us!"

Link to March 29 Boston Globe article, "Disquiet outside Boston Public Library".

Excerpt:   They are lovers of libraries, the kind of people who opt for intellectual strategy, not inflammatory scenes, to fight the city’s threat to close some of its beloved neighborhood branches.

And so it was yesterday, just before the main headquarters of the Boston Public Library opened at 1 p.m., that nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the Copley Square building with petition sheets and statistical charts to go along with their “Don’t Close the Book on Us!’’ placards and their chants of “Save our branches!’’

And when they took their signs and stats inside the library, they left the chants outside, to honor the historic place as a sanctuary of silence.

“We have to do this quietly,’’ David Vieira, president of the Friends of the Boston Public Library, told the gathering. “We’re not to disturb the library patrons.

Related articles:
Citywide Friends of BPL to Hold Demonstration.  (3/28/2010)
BPL Budget News Available at Website.  (3/25/2010)
A Small Branch Makes a Big Impact.  (3/24/2010)
Friends of Boston Public Library Host Read-in to Support Tax Increase. (3/14/2010)
Emotions Reach Boiling Point in Boston Public Library Discussion. (3/13/2010)
The Boston Public Library Dilemma, Continued. (3/12/2010)
Boston Speaks Up for Its Libraries. (3/10/2010)
Boston Public Library Branches to be Ranked in Consolidation Plan. (3/9/2010)
Boston Public Library Anticipating Budget Cuts in 2011. (3/2/2010)

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