I am always proud of my librarian advocacy comrades, but I've never been as proud of them as I was this past weekend at Urban Librarians Unite's 24-Hour Read-In. The event was a huge undertaking and required every ounce of energy, passion, and patience that a librarian has. My hats off to everyone involved.
I didn't get to take many pictures during the hours I attended, but here's one of Councilman Vincent Gentile (who is a huge library advocate on the NY City Council), reading Neil Gaiman's wonderful The Graveyard Book from my Nook Color on Sunday.
And here is a dark picture of a waterlogged me reading The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. It was kind of the perfect story for my time slot, 12:45am, because it was raining and windy and the story was spooky and the tired-but-dedicated audience was punchy and engaged. (If you haven't yet read the book, you should check it out. It's the ultimate macabre testament to librarians.)
All the people who read, whether it was in the rain or the sunshine, were wonderful and amazing. And I'm grateful for the people who sat in the audience and signed our petitions and bought coffee and pizza and donuts and who were just THERE at any point during the 24 hours. My faith in humanity has been (slightly) restored.
So, we're coming down to the wire now. The New York City Council votes on the budget in 17 days. If you're an NYC resident and haven't yet signed a library petition in your borough, please click on the appropriate link below and add your name. Every little bit helps.
Mahattan, Staten Island, Bronx
And don't forget about the postcard campaign! This one is actually fun because you can be creative. (Just try not to curse out the mayor on your postcard. We don't want him cranky when he makes his final decision.)
Thank you all. We're almost there.