Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NYC unexplored: sneak peak 1

Budget cuts; a phrase reiterated amongst the recession-ites during these troubled times. Such cutbacks are welcomed when it comes to saving money that is spent on excess but, when are we snipping off a little too much? New York Public officials have proposed that there will be initiative put in place that will diminish library hours and accessibility. During an impromptu trip to the NYPL branch next to Bryant Park, I was asked to sit at a table and write a letter to any public official, provided on a list, about what my library meant to me. There was a sample letter, which expressed that during such economic turmoil the library has become even more resourceful. Those who don’t have Internet access use the library for job hunting, web browsing and free wi-fi to stay abreast of their social networks. It’s even stated in certain articles about the dilemma that parents without proper childcare leave their children in the library to read while they accomplish hour long tasks. The library also offers free classes that provide practical skills for those who need more added to their resume. Simply stated, the library has become one of our most valued assets during the post-Bush reign. What would we do without it?

For all my borough men and women:

When’s the last time you stopped by your library, post high school? I must confess, although I frequent libraries for use of their wi-fi access when I need to check something online, I rarely spend REAL time amongst the shelves. After an amazing lunch in Bryant Park, (another resource we take for granted), I ventured into the library with all its historic glamour. Even during a time of reconstruction, the inside of the Humanities and Social Sciences branch of the NYPL is splendid. The antique ceilings were aligned with murals of clouds, scenes from the bible, and unique carvings. The antique desks were aligned perfectly underneath modern Mac’s and PC’s. Quotes were on the wall from some of the most prolific prophets and authors. And they even feature a unique exhibit every three months. This month’s exhibit is French Literature under the Nazi Regime.

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1 comment:

Majik1987 said...

yeah, I think I'm guilty of this too. It's because the libraries here are so far from where we live now. But I did love that feeling when I was inside the older ones. It was like something epic out of "The PageMaster." And u know our other addiction gets in the way too: Barnes & Noble. Fine. When I get to NY let's make a deal to go chill in one of these libraries for a little bit to just read and write. Deal?