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One way to protest library closures

By johnboy - 20 November 2006 20

Something I thought needed wider prominence.

In the comments GuruNik has made a suggestion for those library users wishing to express their disastisfaction with the ACT Government’s decision to close the Griffith Library.

“just drop your returns back to the legislative assembly building…leave them on the front counter with a nice note for john hargraves.”

If any of you decide to give it a try we’d love to hear how you go.

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gurunik 9:23 pm 21 Nov 06

well woody, fuck all probably. but at least i’ll feel righteous for a while for giving it a go. or i could just sit in my comfort zone slagging off the world and becoming more jaded by the day.
and i do belive that my taxes should be spent for the betterment of society, and not on monuments of folly. business is for making money, goverment is for spending it. dollars are just the easily quantifiable part of the value of such matters, i reckon that there is more to life than the bottom line. griffith library is a glaring example of our differing views. but its what makes this forum good.

simbo 9:17 pm 21 Nov 06

Incidentally, the griffith library building also houses an office for administering of speed camera fines. Since I’m assuming the ACT government isn’t planning on reducing one of their sources of revenue, I’m wondering whether this office is planning on being rehoused, or whether they’re planning on gazumping the area currently being used by the library?

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:08 pm 21 Nov 06

And if he comes back with:

– about three weeks ago
– consultants say it’s an inefficient and ineffective use of public funds;
– no; and
– yes

what difference will it make?

gurunik 8:58 pm 21 Nov 06

so i’ll do it. with a note…
mr hargraves, could you provide myself, and the people of this city with answers to:
1. when exactly was the decision to close griffith library made?
2.what impediments are there at this time to keeping the griffith library open?
3.have funds for operating griffith library been reallocated to other services?
4. is it your opinion that (for example) an arbortoreum has more to give the people than a library?

if anyone has any more ideas, i’m writing it up by 9am tomorrow to drop off whilst i’m working in the city tomorrow morning…

gurunik 8:28 pm 21 Nov 06

oh shit….now i’ll have to back back up a flight of fancy with action……

bonfire 5:14 pm 21 Nov 06

excellent – think i’ll do this.

must go and borrow a suitable book for him to return.

terubo 10:06 am 21 Nov 06

“1001 Ways of Experiencing the Pleasures of Krystelnacht by not Circumventing the Total Fireban”

Thumper 9:59 am 21 Nov 06

“1001 ways to turn community assets into consolidated revenue”

terubo 9:41 am 21 Nov 06

“1001 Ways to Persuade a Protesting Mob of Bookworms that there are Better Ways to Spend a Saturday Morning”?

PigDog 9:15 am 21 Nov 06

Who the hell cares about closing a library? Plus, we are closing the schools anyway – it is not like the kids will be able to read.

terubo 8:44 am 21 Nov 06

There are, however, some titles that Hargreaves would be pleased to read: from the erudite “1001 Ways To…” series.
“1001 Ways to Outfox RBTs”
“1001 Ways to Persuade the UberFuhrer of your Inestimable Worth in the Politburo”
“1001 Ways to Beat the Pokies”.
And no doubt there are others.
-If only Griffith Library had stocked this esteemed series, the decision to close it might never have been taken.

Thumper 8:14 am 21 Nov 06

Why don’t we coordinate a RiotACT book drive for Griffith Library.

And then dump them at the Assembly building.

If they don’t want them we can then take them to St Vinnies or somewhere.

Thumper 8:12 am 21 Nov 06

True JB,

but how about going to the local St Vinnies, buying some books for cheap, making some stickers that say Griffith Library, and then dump them.

Just to make a point.

terubo 7:57 am 21 Nov 06

In any case, he’s unlikely to read them.

johnboy 7:55 am 21 Nov 06

not much point getting into civil disobedience if you’re not willing to bear some costs.

Thumper 7:52 am 21 Nov 06

I love the idea….

But the fine will be forthcoming….

futto 11:23 pm 20 Nov 06

They may need to install a booze bus on London Circuit if he does it regularly….

Pandy 10:11 pm 20 Nov 06

John (Don’t vote for me) Hargraves can take ’em across the plaza to the Link Library.

futto 9:56 pm 20 Nov 06

I don’t blame the goverment for the Libary Closures. It is clearly AL GORE’s fault.

He invented the internet, remember?

Jey 8:42 pm 20 Nov 06

I like it
I imagine you’d get a call informing you your books are at the assembly and they want you to collect them as they’d hate you to get a fine

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