24-HOUR READ-IN TO RE-OPEN NEWARK LIBRARIES!
Tuesday, Aug 31, 12 noon to Wed. Sept 1, 12 noon.
City Hall Steps, 920 Broad St., Newark, NJ
A general action to raise awareness about how the City of Newark's cuts in
funding have forced the Newark Public Library to:
Cancel programs for children and adults;
Close the First Avenue & Madison Branches permanently;
Cut branch library service to 3 days per week (closed Sat, Sun, Mon & Tue);
Cut Main Library service to 4 days per week (closed Sun, Mon & Tue);
Slash the book budget, including resources for school curriculum support and
Layoff 31 employees, and impose 40% reductions in salary for all remaining
The read-in will culminate in a rally on City Hall Steps at 12:15pm on
Wednesday, to demonstrate support for the Library before the City Council
Meeting at 12:30.
Bring any book you wish to read from: poetry, short stories, novels,
philosophy, non-fiction, children's stories, your own writing! Help send the
message to Mayor Cory Booker and the Newark Municipal Council that Newark
If you are unable to attend in person, please help spread the word by
sharing the event announcement, and posting a comment of support on the
event's Facebook page at: http://bit.ly/bBXEAP
For additional information, please contact Terri Suess at
FriendsofNewarkLibrariesUnite@yahoo.com. For planning purposes, if you would
like to participate as a reader or assist in any other way, please email
Terri and indicate the approximate time that you would like to read (mid-day
Tuesday, late afternoon Tuesday, Tuesday evening, Tuesday night, late
Tuesday night, early Wednesday morning, or late Wednesday morning).