Occasionally erotic public library read-in next weekend

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Urban Librarians Unite is organizing a 24-hour library read-in next weekend, June 8.

From 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, New Yorkers are invited to read their favorite book aloud in public to support city libraries in the face of impending budget cuts.

The event is in support of the New York Public Library, which serves Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as the separate Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library.

This year’s budget proposes a total of $106 million cut from library budgets, according to ULU. They estimate that such a cut could result in the closure of more than 60 neighborhood libraries, and services and hours at the remaining libraries would be significantly diminished. More than 1,000 library jobs would be lost.

The read-in will take place on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Readers will take 15-minute turns and are asked to actually read books, not give long speeches, as this is intended to be a “tribute to the library and the written word.”

Additionally, readers are asked to abstain from reading erotica during “family story time” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and “the hours of midnight to 4 a.m. can get a little racy, so don’t read then if that kind of stuff will shock you.”

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