UPDATE June 1 7pm Eastern Advocates Shout for More Funding Inside Normally-Quiet NYC Library (via DNAInfo) & Libraries Across The City Rally For Funding (via Gothamist)
From Joint Announcement:
The city’s three library systems are holding two rallies in each borough on June 1 to urge the city to restore $65 million in operating funding to libraries, as well as invest $1.4 billion in capital funding over 10 years.
The “Citywide Day of Action” by Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library is part of the Invest In Libraries campaign calling on the city to fully fund this critical community resource, which in Fiscal Year 2014 received more visits than all of New York City’s sports teams and city-funded cultural organizations combined.
With the restored operating funding, libraries could offer more hours, hire more librarians, and offer citywide six-day service. A mere three percent of NYC’s 217 libraries are open seven days a week; only about two-thirds are open at least six days— meaning fewer working families with access to the library’s free resources on the days when they need them. Amongst the top 10 largest cities in the United States, New York City is eighth in terms of library hours; it is ninth amongst the top 10 largest counties in New York State.
See the complete announcement for additional info and a list of locations where the rallies will be held