Today's the day to start calling 311 in support of NYC libraries!
You can read the blog post I wrote on this last year, because it's pretty much the same exact thing again this year. (Isn't it SO great we have to keep going through this?)
And here's the most recent post by Urban Librarians Unite (incidentally, I wrote this too, but that's neither here nor there) on what to do and how to do it. An excerpt:
"On either Thursday, June 20th, or Friday June 21st (or both!), call 311 at any time and tell the operator you’d like to make a 'budget comment.' Then you can make a statement regarding library funding. If you want to keep things simple, here’s a sample script: 'I believe closing any libraries in NYC is unacceptable and I’m calling to request the complete restoration of library funding.' Easy as that! And it feels so good. If you don’t live in NYC, you can call 212-NEW-YORK (or 212-639-9675). In addition, the TTY Number is 212-504-4115."
I just made my call, and it was easy as pie. (Actually, pie is pretty hard to make. Easy as pouring some bourbon!)
If you're phone-phobic, stuck in the office, or just don't feel like calling 311, you can submit a comment online and contact the mayor directly by clicking this link. It all counts the same.
Thank you endlessly, fellow fearless library supporters!