The "People's Library" Boosts the Occupy Wall Street Movement

As the Occupy Wall Street movement grows, it is developing into a "mini society" complete with its own forms of community and institutions, including a public library.
October 19, 2011, 5am PDT | Michael Dudley
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Zuccotti Park, home to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, is now also the location of a spontaneous and leaderless public library, featuring over 1,200 books, wi-fi and public poetry readings. As City Limits reports,

"'The People's Library' has become an example of the group's mission and outside support. There is no hierarchy, no 'head librarian'...The librarians share responsibilities, like labeling and cataloging donated books, updating their inventory on LibraryThing.com, and communicating with other stations in the park. These stations – like the information booths and media center – keep the mini-society in Zuccotti Park running.

They'd like to expand their role as a resource center by creating a phone charging station, a central phone line, and an official archive of people and objects in the movement."

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Published on Monday, October 17, 2011 in City Limits
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