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Advocacy Group Works to Save Brooklyn Public Library Buildings from Being Sold Off

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An advocacy group is working to save Brooklyn Public Library buildings from being sold off.

Citizens Defending Libraries protested Tuesday in front of the central library on Grand Army Plaza.

They say they don't want the publicly owned buildings sold to private developers.

They also accuse the city of deliberately underfunding the libraries, giving them a reason to sell.

"It's an incredible travesty that we would be having to fight to protect them," said Carolyn McIntyre, co-founder of Citizens Defending Libraries. "And the use of the library has gone up every year, so don't think that libraries are out of date."

"Selling, shrinking libraries, putting their resources out of reach leads to a vicious cycle of decreased democracy and opportunity," said another person at the rally.

NY1 has reached out to the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library for comment but hasn't heard back.

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