Gary Panter’s illustration against the NYPL Central Library Plan.
Library advocacy groups like Library Lovers League and Citizens Defending Libraries or ordinary humans of New York like Matthew Zadrozny aren’t the only ones who are rallying to prevent the NYPL’s Central Library Plan from moving forward—famous writers and artists are too.
This week, Jonathan Lethem issued a statement expressing his support for the protesters and calling on New York City’s new mayor to preserve and protect the libraries in Manhattan:
The humans of New York seem to be rousing themselves to a collective understanding: that the great public institutions they boast of and rely upon can’t be entrusted to the stewardship of real-estate developers, corporate synergists, media barons, and other ostensibly well-intentioned, deal-drunk one-percenters. Instead we need to tend our own commons, large and small — individual libraries, and the city itself. The election of De Blasio and the current outcry against the disastrous NYPL ‘renovation’ (scare quotes essential) represent two expressions of the same urgencies. Now it waits for De Blasio himself to close the circuit.
Artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Gary Panter added his voice to the chorus, describing his personal experiences doing research at the New York Public Library:
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