The People’s Library will be at Woodlawn on Sunday!

Books!We are very excited to announce that about 150-200 books from our collection will be out at the Woodlawn Save Our Clinics occupation this Sunday.  Please stop by, get a book to read, drop some off for others to read, or just say hi!

We will also have some collaborative projects going, including a community journal where you can record your thoughts, hopes, dreams, or just a fun doodle or sketch.

When: Sunday, April 22nd, starting at noon.

Where: 6337 S. Woodlawn, Chicago IL

What: A mobile library, donation drop, and other fun things!

Who: Occupiers, STOP Chicago, mental health patients, and YOU!

Please RSVP to the Facebook event if you can come!  We’d love to see you.

Tell us why you love bookstores!

We’ve posted a lot this week.  Today we want to hear from you.  Tell us… Why are local bookstores important to you?

Leave your response in the comments, on our Facebook page, or if it’s concise, tweet at us.

We’d like to share this response from Kelly Hayes of Occupy Rogers Park:

Armadillo’s Pillow, a used bookstore in RP, brings something special to our neighborhood. It has character, and personally, I find the place downright enchanting. I did a photo shoot there, a couple years ago. I asked about bringing in a model and snapping some shots, and the owner didn’t even have to think about it. She was immediately down with her place being used for an art project. A corporate store wouldn’t have allowed such a thing, and they wouldn’t have had an ambiance that would have made the idea appealing in the first place.

Since the Pillow’s books are used, it’s easy to wander in on any given day and find some treasure that you can afford to take home with you. It’s cozy, and it feels like the kind of place where you can go to dream, or learn, or just get lost in possibility. If it ever closed, a beautiful piece of my neighborhood would disappear. How many chain stores can you say that about?

P.S. Don’t forget to attend our first event next week for Occupy Your Local Bookstore!

First Occupy Your Local Bookstore event announced!

Thanks for the overwhelming enthusiasm and positive feedback on our launch of Occupy Your Local Bookstore last night!  It’s exciting to see so many people on board with this idea.

We have just created a Facebook event to announce our first of many such events/actions.  Please RSVP on Facebook or in the comments section below to let us know if you will be able to make it.

Details:

When: Monday, April 16th at noon

Where: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

7419 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois

What:

Our first event will be to visit Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour when it stops at Centuries & Sleuths in Forest Park next week. This event features not one but FOUR top-notch mystery authors (John Connolly, William Kent Krueger, Liza Marklund, and M. J. Rose) signing books and meeting readers.

To learn more about Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour, visit their Tumblr: http://mysterybustour.tumblr.com/

Centuries & Sleuths is easily accessible from the Forest Park stop on the blue line. Learn more at their website: http://centuriesandsleuths.com/

Please stop by, meet some authors, and buy a book from one of our favorite local indie booksellers!

Occupy Your Local Bookstore

Today we are proud to announce an ongoing initiative we call Occupy Your Local Bookstore.

Eat Sleep Read LocalBookstores do more than sell a product.  They are community centers where people meet, ideas are exchanged, and knowledge is gained.  But they are threatened by businesses who sell books at a deep discount, hoping you will buy other products to make up for the money they lose on book sales.  These businesses do not cultivate community experiences or host events where you can meet authors and fellow readers; they just sell you cheap books – and often only the most popular titles.  Plus, according to IndieBound: “Spend $100 at a local [bookstore] and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.”

We at The People’s Library of Occupy Chicago have a great fondness for local bookstores, and many of us have worked as booksellers in the past.  As such we would like to encourage the 99% to occupy local bookstores and show them how important they are to our city and all its communities.  As an added bonus, we hope to highlight what physical bookstores have to offer and the value of interacting with knowledgeable booksellers, authors,  and other readers.

Occupy Your Local Bookstore

Here’s how it works:

  • Once a month or so, we will choose an event at a bookstore in the Chicago area.
  • We will put out a call on this blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account to “occupy” the event.
  • All you have to do is show up for the event – it might be a poetry slam, an author signing, or some other community gathering.  (Extra points if you bring your friends!)
  • Relax! Learn something! Enjoy!
  • Before you leave, please consider purchasing at least one book – even just a paperback – to help support a local business that promotes literacy.  If you need a recommendation, ask a bookseller!

That’s all there is to it.

A few notes:

  • We will choose events that seem interesting, not necessarily thematically connected to the Occupy movement.
  • The goal of this action is simply to highlight existing community resources and put our money into businesses that serve the 99%.
  • If you are an author or bookstore planning an event in the Chicago area that you’d like us to consider as part of this action, please email OChiLibrary [at] gmail [dot] com.

Hope to see you out occupying local bookstore events!  Our first action will be announced tomorrow, April 11th.  See you back here then!