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Libraries Lobby Part 2 of 2 – Lydia Syson

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@Saraathotkey:

"It was good to see lots of authors at the libraries lobby. I spotted @candygourlay and @markthomasjones in the crowd, and also one of our own Hot Key Books authors @LydiaSyson, the author of the forthcoming A WORLD BETWEEN US, a gripping love story set in the Spanish Civil War, inspired by her family history."

 

Lydia agreed to guest post for us about the event:

"Libraries are about stories, and dreaming, and travelling without going anywhere, and they’re also about literacy. And without literacy, there can be no political freedom. At the Speak Up for Libraries Rally today the writer Alan Gibbons made the point that libraries are a front line service. As it happens, another passionate speaker’s words had just got me thinking about a different front line: the front line in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9, when an elected Republican government rightly saw literacy as fundamental to their fight against the Fascist uprising."

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The Occupy Wall Street Library Regrows in Manhattan | American ...

The Occupy Wall Street Library Regrows in Manhattan | American ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street was destroyed in the early morning hours of November 15. Without warning or provocation hundreds of militarized New York police officers cleared the park starting at 1 a.m."

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Libraries Lobby part 1 of 2, by @Saraathotkey

Libraries Lobby part 1 of 2, by @Saraathotkey | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@Saraathotkey:

"And so has our coverage of the Speak Up for Libraries rally. This is the first of two blog posts… the next one is from Hot Key author Lydia Syson. 

There were an number of impassioned pleas to the government to take action on libraries closing. Here are my top three quotes from the event:

1. Mar Dixon, library campaigner “It should NOT be that because you have more money in your locality that you get a better library service.”

2. Ian Clark from Voices for the Library “There isn’t a single person alive who couldn’t walk into a library and find something they like.” (To which I add: because the librarian will be there to help them find it.)

3. Ian Anstice from Public Libraries News “Libraries are vital front line services. THEY JUST ARE.” He also said that it isn’t just about open or closed libraries. It is about the “not quite open” libraries. (I think that’s a huge point in terms of how the public views libraries, and funding should support libraries being open more often.)"

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Occupy Wall Street Library Reportedly Thrown Away By NYPD - Huffington Post

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Occupy Wall Street Library Reportedly Thrown Away By NYPD

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The NYPD has reportedly thrown out 5554 books from the Occupy Wall Street Library during the raid to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning.

GalleyCat compiled the @OWSLibrary tweets:

 

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