Occupied Stories

We are proud to announce that we’ll be collaborating with Occupied Stories to collect firsthand accounts of Occupy Chicago rallies and events, to be archived physically and digitally in our library.  This is part of a greater initiative to make our library dynamic, including Occupy-generated materials.  With the upcoming Chicago Spring and NATO/G8 protests, it is more crucial than ever to document our experiences on the ground and share them with the movement – and the world – as a whole.

We would like to encourage any Occupy Chicagoans who have attended rallies or events, or been arrested while Occupying, to submit their accounts directly to Occupied Stories.  Alternatively, if you prefer to share your story on paper, you may submit it to any member of the library committee or drop it off in the library.  (Please be aware that, unless you indicate otherwise, we will post all submissions online – so don’t include any information you don’t want available on the Internet.)  We will archive them here on our blog as well as file a physical copy in the library at Cermak for general perusal.

Thank you in advance!  We look forward to reading your stories.

Progress report

  • We have retrieved the books we had in storage, and are busy cataloging, stamping, and shelving them.
  • Our library now has a desk, computer, and Internet access!
  • Occupy librarians from around the world have formed an Occupy Library Consortium to facilitate sharing ideas, knowledge, and resources.
  • We have already heard from some Occupy librarians who are planning to be in Chicago for the NATO/G8 summit protests in May.  We’re excited to meet our counterparts from other cities and hope to plan some actions together!  Contact us if you would like to get involved.

Apologies for the short blog in list form, but it’s better than nothing. More details and information will, of course, be forthcoming!

Library tour

We got a great response from the first few pictures we posted last week – thanks for sharing the link!  Here’s a bit more of a tour.  We’re still gathering momentum, but considering our library was just a twinkle in our eyes two weeks ago, we’re happy with how its progressing.

Library Tour pic 1

Our world-famous dinosaur couch. We also have end tables and lamps! So fancy.

Library Tour pic 2

In the front room of 501, we have a table for Occupy newspapers, flyers, and more.

Library Tour pic 3

Our non-fiction section doubled in 3 days. At this rate, we're going to need more shelving built ASAP!

Library Tour pic 4

We have a communication board with information about the library, a whiteboard to leave us messages, and a Community Journal for collecting thoughts and ideas.

Library Tour pic 5

Bulk and oversize titles. Hopefully this case will soon include our Reference materials - dictionaries and more!

Library Tour pic 6

We now have fancy bins for donations. And they are always full. Let's get cataloging!

Baby library pictures!

Our library is just starting out, but we are proud parents and wanted to share some pictures.

Room 501

When you walk into Room 501, you are greeted by couches, lamps, a coffee table, and this lovely stencil on the wall.  (Yes, we do have dinosaur sheets covering one of our couches.  Be jealous.)

Baby library

These bookcases were handmade by a member of Occupy Chicago.  We are starting to fill them with books, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, zines, and more!

Corner cases

On the other side of the room we have some bulk titles, text books, reference, and DVD documentaries.

We’ll have more pictures soon, hopefully featuring many more books!  But for now, we hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse at The People’s Library of Occupy Chicago.  Come visit us!