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“Occupy” Movements Raise Libraries Across the Country

“Occupy” Movements Raise Libraries Across the Country

Despite the growing influence of the Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader, books aren’t dead yet. And they’re gaining ground in Boston and other cities as the Occupy movements raise low-tech tent libraries in the midst of their protests.

The Occupy Boston tent library has no due dates or fees, a simple check-out system, and nearly 500 donated books organized by category. It has also developed “an expanding archive of Occupy Boston’s meeting notes and proposals, and a nascent program of speakers and writing workshops” (New York Times).

Some of the most popular books include Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and the works of Noam Chomsky.

Librarians and booksellers who support the movement are the primary organizers of the library. John Ford, an alternative bookstore owner, said of the library’s goals: “I hope, at the very least, it just makes people more inclined to be thoughtful about what they’re doing here.”

Boston protesters use the library for research and inspiration as they stand by their convictions and brave the elements in the tent shelters. One woman described the process of reading as “a moment to yourself, a moment of clarity.”

Read more about the Occupy movement across the U.S. and throughout the world here.

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2:09PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Read with interest these mention was made of the unsanitary conditions etc .
The libraries were an outgrowth of the protest.......Happy to know books were used for further understanding of the problems and hopefully clarification and offering acceptable solutions.

1:39PM PST on Nov 12, 2011


3:20AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Re read the American constitution. GO back to the roots of why America was created in the first place and with what values? What was the vision of the founding fathers of America So that now that dream can be reclaimed from the capitalistic sharks that high jacked America and its very foundational philosophy.

2:02PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thanks. Nice to see that books are still in use.

2:19AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Nice. Good to see books are still relevant

8:06PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

The world's smallest library is " The "w" Presidential Library " Dedicated to the kid that got left behind. (one book)

8:05PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Interesting ways people are finding to communicate- I love the mike check idea. Been watching Oakland live stream. No wonder the powers that be, and the powers that "be holding" to the powers that be (police) are baffled by us little 99 per cent ants. We are small, but we are many, and we aim to go right for the picknic basket! They can pepperspray, corral and swat us, but we will keep on marching!

7:31PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Awesome. =D

Support OWS = Support America

3:46PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

It's not how much money your raise in a campaign it's what you do with the money. Obama works for the American middle class and the poor. Republicans use their money from Wall Street and the big corporations for the benefit of the rich. No higher taxes for the rich. It is the Republicans who put in the right wing judges who gave us unlimited money in campaigns.

2:26PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

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