Chicago: "An Unusual Library Finds a New Home"
From The NY Times:
On a recent Saturday afternoon in Humboldt Park, a small band of volunteers scrambled to put the finishing touches on their library’s new home — the sixth in as many years for the Read/Write Library, Chicago’s largest depository of grass-roots printed materials.
Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, Read/Write rejects the selectivity of traditional libraries and collects “anything from university press to handmade artists’ books to zines made by 13-year-olds,” Ms. Taylor said. “We want to give people a much broader sense of who’s out there.”
Volunteers pored over books littered across a long table perched on the compact library’s stage, a reminder of the building’s past life as a neighborhood bar. The genteel, yellowing pages of “Favorite Recipes of the Woman’s Club of the People’s Church” lay alongside “The Bowel Movement,” a literary pamphlet glued together by Clinton-era University of Chicago student.
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UPDATE: Here’s another report about the library (audio and text transcript) that aired on Chicago Public Radio:
“Chicago alternative library saves printed material otherwise lost in the shuffle”
See Also: Read/Write Library Chicago Mission Statement:
The Read/Write Library is an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community. Through our unique indexing of contributors and our open venue, we provide a space for individuals, organizations and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge.
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