Zombies lurch down Telegraph to support libraries, brains

on May 23, 2011

Oakland library supporters crawled down Telegraph Avenue Saturday evening in their zombie finest to protest the potential closure of 14 of the city’s 18 libraries. The living dead, organized by the group Save Oakland Public Libraries, groaned “Zombies need brains, keep libraries open!” to passerbys in cars, restaurants, and at Oakland’s Uptown galleries, and urged them to “keep Oakland brains the tastiest in California.”

You can read more about the possible closure of Oakland libraries, which branches could be shut down, and about a previous guerilla storytime protest by clicking here for Nicole Jones’ previous story.

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6 Comments

  1. […] Oakland (Calif.) Public Library supporters crawled down Telegraph Avenue May 21 in their zombie finest to protest the potential closure of 14 of the city’s 18 branches. The living dead, organized by the group Save Oakland Public Libraries, groaned “Zombies need brains, keep libraries open!” to passersby in cars, restaurants, and galleries, urging them to “keep Oakland brains the tastiest in California.” Read more… […]



  2. […] Lots of local blogs are covering the possible libraries closures and the events to try and stop it. Here Oakland North wrote about a protest where apparent zombie marchers shouted “Zombies need brains, […]



  3. […] More than 50 residents, each given one minute to address the city officials, spoke after the presentations and the majority of them were there to support the public libraries. […]



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  5. […] to the potentially drastic library budget cuts. In the last couple of months, they’ve organized zombie walks to promote the message that “libraries keep Oakland brains juicy and delicious,” surprise […]



  6. […] Librarians, staff, patrons, and folks in the community held concerts, protests (including a zombie crawl), literary speak-outs, bike rides, and tons of other events to raise awareness and put pressure on […]



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