Whoa, there's a new movie coming out called The Public that takes place at the Cincinnati Public Library that was even filmed on location at the main branch! It's about a group of homeless patrons who have nowhere to go after a bitter arctic blast has hit the city. They decide to occupy the library in order to seek safe shelter, and the library staff ends up championing them by standing up to a hostile administration that wants these marginalized people out, even if that means they will freeze to death.
In a chilling twist of events, however, the real life Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County library board has voted to sell half of their downtown building where this movie was filmed. With no public or staff input, the administration is claiming this is just a move to "increase efficiencies" and reduce their "security footprint." In actuality, by removing 156,000 sq ft of public space, they are cutting off access to the many homeless people their library is also supposed to serve. Instead of increasing services to help patrons with no homes (that they claim need so much security), they want to sell the North Building to developers who are excited about the opportunity to capitalize on prime downtown real estate. Oh, and did we mention that this library board is filled with bankers and other corporate interests that directly include the development consultancy they used to justify this plan to begin with? And were they afraid this movie would happen in real life, if they didn't remove such a significant amount of public space where marginalized people actually feel safe?
Can we share this everywhere and have someone tell Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed, and starred in this film, what's going on at this library his movie describes as "one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action?"
After finding out the truth, library patrons came out in droves and the board did little to answer their questions, which was covered by the Cincinnati Enquirer: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/08/08/users-lash-out-library-leaders-over-closure/548623001/