Oakland’s Zombie community won’t take library closures lying down.
It’s not unusual to hear about a municipality in California struggling to keep city services running in these economic times. In Oakland, cuts to city services such as Police and Fire departments are becoming distubingly regular, so the news that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is planning to close all but four of Oakland’s 18 public libraries shouldn’t come as that much of a shock.
What is unusual is that Oakland’s population of the flesh-eating undead is rising up to protest the library closures. In a display of civic-mindedness uncharacteristic of Undead Americans, Oakland’s zombies have staged a mass crawl in opposition to the proposed shutdowns, with a rallying cry of, “We’re here, we’re dead, and we don’t want our books unread!”.
On Saturday, May 21st, the predicted date of the Rapture and associated Zombie Apocalypse, Zombies from all corners of the Bay Area assembled to let their moaning voices be heard. According to the Facebook page for the event:The Oakland Public Library is in grave danger. Scenario A of Mayor Quan’s recent budget proposal would, as of July 1, close 14 of Oakland’s 18 libraries: Asian, Brookfield, Chavez, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Golden Gate, Lakeview, Martin Luther King, Melrose, Montclair, Piedmont, Temescal (including the Tool Lending Library), West Oakland, and AAMLO. For the remaining libraries, there would be no children’s services, no programming, and no new books or movies. (Seen www.saveoaklandlibrary.org for more information.)
While the zombie community would applaud the closure of the Tool Lending Library, which puts excellent zombie-killing tools such as drills, chainsaws, and large heavy shovels directly into the hands of the public, we are APPALLED by the potential closure of Oakland’s branch libraries.
Libraries provide books, free of charge, to ALL people.
Libraries help Oakland’s living grow huge, delicious, tasty brains.
ZOMBIES NEED BRAINS. LIBRARIES FEED BRAINS. ZOMBIES SUPPORT THE OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY.
For more information on the effort to save Oakland’s libraries, visit: http://saveoaklandlibrary.org/
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