Boston Public Library Demonstration/Protest, Mar 28

The Citywide Friends of the BPL, in coordination with several BPL Branch Friends groups and other interested community organizations are planning to hold a public information session this Sunday in Copley Square to protest the proposed closing of neighborhood branch libraries. As presently conceived, this will be a silent walk around the McKim/Johnson BPL complex with signs and leaflets. Petition points will be set up in front of all doors to solicit signatures on "Don't Close Our Libraries" petition papers.

The proposed timeframe for this event is one hour from 1:00-2:00 (the library opens at 1:00 on Sundays). At the end of the hour, the participants will perform an orderly and silent "walk-through" of the library, entering on the Dartmouth Street side of the building, circling the inner courtyard once, and exiting through the Johnson lobby.

The event coordinators are hoping that a sufficient number of people will participate to be able to form an unbroken moving line around the buildings, There will be no blocking of doors or attempts to deny access. WE WILL RESPECT THE PRIVACY AND COMFORT OF LIBRARY USERS AT ALL TIMES. Plan on bringing handheld posterboard-size signs (no sticks or poles), a bottle of water, and perhaps your favorite (LIBRARY)book. We will meet at the back of the library on Blagdon Street in front of the loading dock doors at 12:30, and step out at 12:45, just before the library opens. The walkaround will be from 1:00-2:00.

Date: Sunday March 28, 2010
Time: 1:00-2:00 (Meet at 12:30 in back of Library)
Who: You and as many people as you know who care about our Branch Libraries