Saturday, October 22, 2011
Occupying Boston and Beyond, With Tent Libraries for All. (The New York Times, 10/22/2011)
Excerpt: This city, home to the nation’s first major public library, has a new and somewhat grittier reading nook. Housed in a green military tent, the library at the Occupy Boston encampment in Dewey Square is overflowing with scholarly tomes that have no due dates or late fees.
The growing collection includes more than 500 books, sorted by genre — consumerism, gender, activism/organizing — and overseen by a bookstore owner and a number of librarians supporting the movement, including some from the Boston Radical Reference Collective. The library has a simple checkout system, an expanding archive of Occupy Boston’s meeting notes and proposals, and a nascent program of speakers and writing workshops.
John Ford, who temporarily shuttered his Metacomet alternative bookstore in Plymouth, Mass., to run the tent library, said it was intended to help protesters learn about systems they find frustrating and explore possible alternatives.
The Occupy Wall Street Library, (The New Yorker, 9/29/2011)