PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!
The NYPL has just sent out their annual email asking that people sign a letter to the Mayor asking him to support the library system. Buried in the middle of this letter is a misleadingly-worded pledge of support for the Central LIbrary Plan that would demolish the research stacks in the 42nd Street Library, send 1.5 million books to New Jersey, and sell the Mid-Manhattan LIbrary. In short, the NYPL is asking you to tell de Blasio to please wreck the research library.
Please do NOT sign this appeal!
The language misleadingly asks that de Blasio support “A renovated central branch library that provides longer hours, more public space, and more resources for children, teachers, job seekers, and more.” The “Central Branch Library” is in fact the 42nd Street Library, and the letter provides no indication of the destructive consequences of this so-called “renovation” – the irreparable harm to the 42nd Street Research Library, the loss of the Mid-Manhattan as a free-standing library and its shrinkage into a much smaller and ill-suited space never designed to hold a circulating library.
Mayor de Blasio has the power to stop the plan, and is on record demanding that the library find an alternative:
We intend to help him follow through on this commitment!
The Committee to Save the New York Public Library
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KEEP the BOOKS! SAVE the STACKS! STOP the SALE of LIBRARIES!