As the Occupy Wall Street protest continues, the activists camped out in New York City have built an impressive library. Thanks to Library Thing, you can now explore the library online and watch it grow.
The online catalog grew from 390 books on October 10 to nearly 4,000 library books today. Follow this link to find out how you can donate. We’ve listed ten books from the library below, illustrating the scope of the collection. The Occupy Wall Street librarians also hope to schedule more author visits.
Here’s more from the library blog: “Rather than having scheduled mega-events with activist authors coming to pep talk the whole occupation, I would prefer smaller, impromptu groups and a books-oriented approach to fit with our little niche mission. My idea is to ask authors to come talk about the ‘books that have inspired you’ and then whatever else they want. We can post announcements in advance on a dry erase board and/or make an announcement when someone arrives. Then, whoever happens to be around can come check it out. If it’s only a few people, I see no problem with that. Whatever stimulates conversations, and huge groups don’t allow it so much. I feel this is a good role for our library.”
Select Titles from the Occupy Wall Street Library
FDR and The New Deal For Beginners by Paul Buhle
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Payback by Margaret Atwood
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Mr. Popper’s penguins by Richard Atwater
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lord of the flies by William Golding
The Sixties by Jenny Diski
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated as the story evolved.