We’ve covered a lot of book-related protests on this blog, from Kindle owners upset about the high price of ebooks to defenders of the Qu’ran staging public readings to counter the threat of burnings. We even launched our own campaign to reshelve George W. Bush’s memoir, after seeing the Brits do the same to Tony Blair. So I guess you could say the literary crowd is an active crowd. But this latest book-related protest may be the best I’ve seen yet. According to Boing Boing:
The library in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, England, urged its patrons to check out every book on the shelves as a way of proving to the local council that its collection and facilities provide a vital service to the community. Stony Stratford is one of many towns across the UK that are facing severe library closures as the Tory-LibDem coalition government recklessly slashes its transfer payments to local governments (while breaking their promise to rein in enormous bonuses at the banks, even the ones that are owned by the taxpayer).
The protest, which was organized on Facebook, managed to get all 16,000 volumes checked out in under 24 hours. The future of the library will not be known, however, until the council announces its budget on February 22.
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