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Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street

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As bicyclists, joggers, and tourists looked on in bemusement, three exhausted individuals pushed a broken-unwieldy-wooden-wagon-thing-on-two-wheels across the Williamsburg Bridge. It was July 21, 2012, a hell of a day to push something heavy through Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is impossible to know exactly what the onlookers thought of those pushing the cart, but it is likely they did not recognize that what they were watching was working group members from the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library moving the last remnants of the collection out of a storage unit and to, alas, another temporary home. It may be that three sweaty people pushing a giant wheeled crate does not make most people think of libraries, but the People’s Library had always been dogged by others’ ideas of it.

We should know. We’ve heard them all…

Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street” was written by two members of the OWSL working group, it was included in the book Informed Agitation. The full text of the chapter is available by clicking the above link (or the picture).

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