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SEATTLE’S LIBRARY CLOSES DOWN:
The People’s Library opens for business

August 28, 2012




Promotional image for the Peoples Library in Seattle from occupyseattle.org/blog
(SEATTLE, WA -- The thing about those book people, not to be confused with bookies which is a different kettle of fish altogether is that you just can’t keep them down.

They’ll go to the black depths of the seventeenth hell inside the twelfth dimension to fight all manner of demons and lesser orders of flesh eaters in order to preserve and promote ink laid down on dead trees that have been hammered into parchment.

Burn their books and they’ll just go out and print some more. They are a feisty lot by and large and not to be underestimated.

Seattle libraries are closed all this week due to budget cuts, but local activists have filled the vacuum for the entire week with what they call “The People’s Library.”

It’s located on the plaza at 23rd & Yesler outside of the Douglass-Truth Library in the Central District.

In a news release Emily Ravenscraft a spokeswoman for the group said, “The open air library has everything a library should have: books, computers, and even arts and crafts activities for the children.”

The library opened to the public Monday morning at 10am at which time all the books were in place and the computers were turned on and connected to the Internet.

Kids cheerfully browsed the children’s section while adults perused the non-fiction stacks in search of a gem. The computer terminal filled up with people checking their emails, working on resumes, and searching for work on Craigslist.

“Colorful chalk covered the sidewalks and people were deep in conversation with their neighbors. It was a fully functional library, outside, during the week of Seattle’s Library furlough,” said Ravenscraft.

The idea of the People’s Library popped up ten days ago during a dinner among friends.

Planning began shortly thereafter. Donations of the bookshelves, made from milk crates and repurposed wine display shelves, soon followed. Computers, WiFi hotspots, and batteries, came in as well. On Sunday all was set for business the next day.

The People’s Library will be open all week, from 10am-8pm daily at the Douglass Truth library, located on the corner of 23rd and Yessler in the Central District.

You can find more information on the website, www.duetobudgetcuts.wordpress.com.

Donations of books (most importantly Children’s and Young Adult books) are still being accepted onsite.

Monetary donations can be made through the website, WePay, https://www.wepay.com/donations/seattle-peoples-library.

There have been and are other People’s Libraries around the country. You can find out about them here





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