Like any public institution in America, they face a growing threat from the corporate mono-culture who seeks out the bottom line in it’s never ending race to the bottom. The model tends to be proclaim the institution is failing and can only be saved by modern technology and being run by some sort of a private corporation. This pertains to great services like schools, health services and the post office. The New York Public Library is no exception and recently faced a massive “revitalization” that threatened to eliminate books in their written form and possibly close branches which provide free resources to local communities.
One way you can get to know your local library and support this valuable organization is the 2nd annual bike the branches held on Saturday, May 17th. It’s also another great way to explore NYC by bicycle.
Here is more from their website:
Join us on Saturday, May 17 for the 2nd annual Bike the Branches, a fun one-day bike ride where you can discover our borough in an exciting way and support Brooklyn Public Library at the same time!
Set your own pace and follow one of our suggested routes, curated by the Brooklyn Collection. Or, create one yourself and make an adventure out of exploring our network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Sign up to bike solo or cruise along with family or friends. Walkers and runners welcome, too!
Last year, more than 400 cyclists participated—this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger:
And a video:
find out more details and register by riding over here.
BTW, president of the NYPL, Anthony Marx was interviewed this week on the Brian Lehrer show. He spoke about how the Library was charting a new course and Abandoned a plan to revamp it’s flagship library on 42nd St.
Source page: here.
Good backstory and a positive spin for this Saturday’s ride.