This is my last blog post… but I still have a few things to share!
First, I want to give a shout-out to Urban Libraries Unite, If you haven’t heard about it yet, this Sunday, October 31, there will be a Halloween Zombie Walk to Save NYC Public Libraries. Yep, you read that correctly. If you are interested, starting at 11 am, meet the rest of the zombie librarians/library supporters in the circle at the west end of Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, next to the High Street A, C Station, this walk will continue over the Brooklyn Bridge and end at City Hall, in Downtown Manhattan.
So… Why is this happening? According to the press release, “Mayor Bloomberg’s projected mid-year budget adjustment will cut funding for libraries by $16.5 million – 5.4% across the board. This comes on the heels of a devastating August reduction of $30 million that decimated weekend library service. Three years of brutal cuts during the biggest economic crisis in a generation have reduced public library funding by a shocking $74.5 million since 2008, or 20%. Additional cuts will result in further service reductions and layoffs, right before the holiday season. Unless Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council maintain funding, libraries’ ability to provide New Yorkers with job search help, afterschool tutoring, computer access and instruction, English classes, and research assistance will be sharply reduced by December 2010.”
To read more, check out this post on the Save NYC Libraries page: Zombies for Libraries or RSVP on the Facebook Event page. Oh, and to get some zombie librarian inspiration, check out this Flickr gallery: Zombie Librarians
Next, I wanted to post my “come join NYLA” blogs one last time — just to make sure everyone who reads this post — will get the message
Last but not least, I wanted to share that I have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, here’s the official press release: ALA Announces 2011 Emerging Leaders Participants
I have to say #79 is a pretty cool person.
Thanks for reading!