While librarians in Canada’s largest city were preparing for strike action that began this morning, in New York City’s Zucotti Park, the Occupy Wall Street library briefly reopened over the weekend to mark the six-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.
According to Galleycat, at about 10 p.m. on Saturday night, the People’s Library Twitter account tweeted, The People’s Library is once again open at #LibertyPlaza. 1,000 people here right now and staying all night.
Police ordered the park closed at around 11:30 p.m., however, removing protesters and engaging in occasionally violent confrontation. According to The New York Times:
By 12:20 a.m., a line of officers pushed against some of the remaining protesters, forcing them south on Broadway, at times swinging batons and shoving people to the ground.
Kobi Skolnick, 30, said that officers pushed him in several directions and that as he tried to walk away, he was struck from behind in the neck. One of the police ran and hit me with a baton, he said.
Galleycat also links to a blog post about an upcoming reading from the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, scheduled to take place at the West Village Jefferson Market Library on April 14. The OWS blogger writes:
I’ve been talking with the head librarian and he’s also opened the doors for us to put up a bunch of OWS Anthology poems throughout the library as decorations so library goers can read poems while they peruse the shelves. The occasion will also provide us the opportunity to place a copy of the OWS Poetry Anthology in the library, so the NYPL will officially have a copy of the OWS Poetry Anthology for the community to enjoy. Yes!