I came across this article (actually, more of a Letter) (or, an essay, if you will) from this month’s Nation magazine, written by Occupy Wall Street Librarian William Scott. An English Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Scott talks, in depth, about his decision to spend his sabbatical staffing the library in Zuccotti park. He also speaks about Mayor Bloomberg’s orders to shut down the park and the impending casualty suffered by the books stored there, under their humble tent.
…”I love books—reading them, writing in them, arranging them, holding them, even smelling them. I also love having access to books for free. I love libraries and everything they represent. To see an entire collection of donated books, including many titles I would have liked to read, thoughtlessly ransacked and destroyed by the forces of law and order was one of the most disturbing experiences of my life.”
And, most heartening, in his advocacy for LIBRARIES: “Libraries are where we learn about things that are new to us. Their books broaden our perspectives, change the way we see the world and, at the most basic level, provide us with free and open access to knowledge and information… …The library provides a space of dialogue, creativity, intellectual and cultural exchange and personal growth…”
…anyhoo…while I’m touting that latest Nation Magazine issue (Dec 2011), I might also inform you that it’s their Book-Issue, where they look back at the buzzed-autumn releases. Much of the FPL Staff are fans of Detroit-bred Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jeffrey Eugenides – (awarded for Middlesex) – The Nation has a five-page spread on his latest (and much anticipated work) – the Marriage Plot.
You’ll have to pick it up from the newsstands to read it… Suffice it to say, I’m guessing this time ’round, Euginides won’t be getting another Pulitzer… ah well.
That’s all for now – have a good weekend…
P.S. Mark your calendars…
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sing-Along
Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM
Watch the holiday classic and join in on your favorite tunes.
No registration required. All ages are welcome.