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The People’s Libary at Occupy Wall Street

It doesn’t seem likely that the site of a large protest would be a suitable place for reading quietly. Which is why you might be surprised to find that Zuccotti park, home of the Occupy Wall Street protests, has its very own public library and that many protestors can be found with their noses buried in books, reading and occupying all at the same time.

Since the Library’s beginnings, its makeshift shelves have grown to house about 500 to 1,000 books. All of the books were donated and its neat organization is maintained by a handful of volunteers, one of which is Steven Grant, a former Marine from New Orleans.

According to its wishlist, the library is currently in need of scissors, markers, books, cameras, and laptops. If you would like to donate books and supplies to The People’s Library, you can mail them to

Mail:
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People’s Library
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038

You can follow the progress of the Occupy Movement and the library by visiting the library’s blog here. You can also read more about my experience at Zuccotti Park on Saturday here.

Conclusions

Is this a good place to read or write in public? Believe it or not, yes! Many readers can be found scattered around Zuccotti park. And while many people are protesting on the outskirts of the square, the inside of the camp is relatively quiet and peaceful. Even more so, for every protestor propped up against a tree or sitting on the steps with a book, you’ll find another with a pen and notebook, or even a laptop, diligently writing the day away.

Bonus points: Donated books free for anyone to borrow and the biggest sense of community I’ve seen in a really long time.

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Bookstore lovers, has an occupy movement started in or near your city? If so, does it have its own library?