AMERICAN SPRING BOOK DROPS

WHAT IS A LIBRARY?

What does a library mean to you? To us it is simple, books and people. On street corners, at meetings, shelters, outside, inside, parks, deserted lots……anywhere. Anywhere that people and books are together and creating their own relationship with each other. Occupy is about thinking outside of the box. We are redefining our world and the relationships therein.

AMERICAN SPRING OCCUPY BALTIMORE LIBRARY BOOKDROPS HAVE BEGUN!!!

Guerilla Libraries are set up without state or city approval or support. Offer information of all kinds, not subject to the regulations of institutionalized libraries. Hierarchy plays no part in the organizing of our library. We act through consensus and answer only to the people, doing our best to meet their information needs.

WHAT DO WE NEED ?

We are seeking donations of books of all kinds – although right now we are in particular need of children’s books. We supplement our books with weekend visits to the always fabulous BookThing, the source of endless free books. Then we take the books right out to the people. We go where people don’t have easy access to libraries, where people don’t have permanent addresses (this preventing them from getting a library card), and anywhere else that people ask us to go. So, books, cars, people……we need it all!

We are also asking for financial donations to cover our minimal expenses (primarily gas). Use our WePay account if you wish to make a financial donation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations are always welcome, but if you want to be a librarian on the ground we need you. We meet on a weekend morning (right now Saturday but as we grow it will  become Sunday too), go to the book store and take to the streets. You need a car Рor a buddy with a car. Going in pairs (or more) is easier for moving the books and sharing the wealth.

Contact us at our email address: ocbmorelib@gmail.com

It is so easy and yet seems so radical. Taking the books to the people.

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Occupy Baltimore People’s Library

OCCUPYKNOWLEDGE!


To donate money click on our WePay account

To donate books or time email us at ocbmorelib@gmail.com

Welcome to OccupyBaltimore Library’s Website. We have a great deal of on-line information for you and hope you will spend some time checking it out. Please leave us comments about what you like and what you would like to see.

In addition to this digital library we also offering a “Roving Library.” This means that at any of OccupyBaltimore’s events, a small library will be available for you to choose books from.

We have started the American Spring Occupy Baltimore Library Book Drops and things are spectacular. We bring books into neighborhoods where Pratt branches have shut down, into neighborhoods that request it, and make books available to those without permanent addresses. We need volunteers for this. Can you drive? Can you help collect books from BookThing? Do you have any books to donate? To learn more pop over to the American Spring Book Drop webpage. To get involved email us at ocbmorelib@gmail.com

YOU CAN EVICT BOOKS BUT NOT INFORMATION

Please share the information contained here-in with someone who does not have computer access. We ask this so that we can begin to address the issue of the digital divide (those of us who cannot access the internet and those of us who can) that is one more problem that separates us.


Note – the occupythejail books were thrown out after cops tore down the schoolhouse we built.

For the list of books we had prior to eviction: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/occupybaltimore

Occupythejail books were thrown out after cops tore down the schoolhouse we built.

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/OCCUPYBMORELIBRARY 

Our email address is ocbmorelib@gmail.com. Follow us on twitter: occupybmorelib.

This is our virtual library/knowledge management page. Welcome. Please share any books, links, articles that you think are relevant to our movement.

We offer this list of resources for information about OccupyBaltimore, the OccupyMovement, and the issues that relate to the movement as a whole. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for information to include on our site. Information is Power.

OccupyInformation.

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