It’s NATO time!

Resist NATOWe want to welcome all who are in town in solidarity with Occupy Chicago protesting against the NATO summit! Stop by room 501 at our 500 West Cermak location to check out the library.

Our lending policy is: please use the books as you see fit. Read them here, take them home, lend them forward.

We have a community journal where you can leave thoughts, poetry, artwork, etc. Leave us a note!

We also have printed copies of the documents sent in response to the Truthout DHS FOIA request (1st set) and the full text of the “sit down and shut up” ordinances.

You can also subscribe to podcasts by our friends at Political Discontent Radio by scanning the QR code found on any wall in the library. Do it!

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!

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!

Slowly but surely, a library is born

Progress update:

We formed a Library Committee consisting of about 8 librarians, teachers, booksellers, and other “book people.”  (If you would like to join us, send an email to ochilibrary at gmail and we’ll be happy to add you to our ranks.)  A room has been set aside at Occupy Chicago’s indoor HQ for the library, and shelving is being built to line the walls.  We have about 30 boxes of book donations to process and more in storage, which we will begin cataloging this week.

Exciting!

This blog is still very much under construction, but here are other places you can find us on the web:

Twitter

Facebook

And our catalog, so far, can be viewed here: LibraryThing

Thanks for sticking with us and we hope you stop by again soon!  We promise to post pictures of our beautiful shelves, books, and more.

(As always, donations can be dropped off at 500 W Cermak during GA.  If you can’t make it to our indoor HQ, email ochilibrary at gmail and we can try to arrange a pickup.)

Planning stages

Occupy Chicago has an indoor home!

While this is good news for many reasons, it is especially exciting because: We can has library.

The Library Committee is currently in its planning stages.  We hope to be able to accept book donations soon.  If you would like to get involved at the ground level or have brilliant ideas to share with us, please attend the GA on Saturday, January 28th, where we will put out an official call for assistance.

If you are unable to make it to the GA but still would like to be involved, you can reach us at ochilibrary [at] gmail.

Looking forward to taking care of the literary needs of Occupy Chicago!