Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Occupy Toronto Library

Here is the second in the series of  Libraries aren't just Buildings anymore.  Here is an article for the National Post on the Occupy Toronto Library book collection.

What is on the Occupy Toronto library’s reading list?

Nov 22, 2011 – 7:25 PM ET | Last Updated: Nov 22, 2011 11:11 PM ET
Mark Blinch/Reuters
Mark Blinch/Reuters
Some of the books available at Occupy Toronto's library.

As night fell on St. James Park Tuesday, two men remained chained to the yurt in St. James Park that houses what the Occupy Toronto protesters call the Toronto Open Library. On Monday afternoon, Jordon Walsh and Brandon Gray chained themselves to the yurt to keep it safe from anyone who might seek to evict them.
After they chained themselves, other members of the group built a kind of cage around the men, comprised of shipping pallets and plywood panels fastened together with nails, fishing line, nylon rope and bungee chords. A number of blue tarps cover the roof of this structure.
The men had plates stacked with sandwiches, along with candy and coffee. Mr. Gray said one of the supporters has been emptying their chamber pot.
According to the protesters, police burned 5,000 books when they evicted protesters from Zucotti Park on Wall Street in New York last week.
They say there are about 2,000 books in the yurt, all donated to the cause. The “open library,” is still open, just barely, Mr. Gray added.
“One of us has a longer leg chain and they can go and get books by request,” he said. “But you can’t browse. Blame the police.”
Among titles available:
1) Animal Farm, by George Orwell (three copies)
2) The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
3) Plato’s Republic
4) The Trouble With Billionaires, donated and signed by the author, Linda McQuaig, who wrote: “To my heroes in Occupy Toronto. Down with billionaires! In solidarity, Linda.”
5) The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
6) Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky
7) Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
8) The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch
9) Selected Works of Bertolt Brecht
10) Fear and Trembling, by Soren Kirkegaard
National Post

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