Hey NYC and surrounding area Potter fanatics and library lovahs: Come to the UniRead!
Accio Budget Restoration!
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 2:00pm until 4:00pm
Join us for an incredible celebration of cultural diversity, literacy, libraries, and Harry Potter.
The UniRead will feature people reading the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book in dozens of languages simultaneously while standing around the Unisphere sculpture in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park Queens. There will be a parade prior to the reading and short speeches after.
The mayor’s proposed budget includes over $96 million in cuts to city libraries. These cuts will directly impact collections, staff, and hours. Should the cuts go through unchanged hours will be slashed, hundreds of jobs lost, and dozens of libraries closed.
While this is an event to advocate for libraries it is also a celebration of the cultural mix that helps make New York City thrive. Queens is widely considered one of the most diverse places in the United States if not the world. Here people of many languages will be united through a shared text. It will be an incredible statement to the universality of literacy, libraries, and the start of a modern cultural epic.