Revolution #240, July 24, 2011

Memo from RCP Publications:

Get BAsics into your Library

The word from librarians is that patrons (people who use the library) asking that a specific book be carried is one of the main ways libraries will buy it for their shelves. Anyone can do this by filling out a simple form. All you need to know is the title of the book and the author. Take a few minutes, go to your local library and tell them you want to request the library get a book for you and then ask for BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian.

Think of all the people who will then be able to check out BAsics. If someone is homeless and hangs in the library, he or she can read it there. Teenagers after school can discover it on the shelves. Anyone who can’t afford their own copy can check out a copy at the library. In any neighborhood, you can help make BAsics available to thousands of people as word spreads that “you can’t change the world if you don’t know the BAsics.”

Now is the time to do this. Volunteers on behalf of RCP Publications took BAsics out in a big way at the recent national convention of the American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, letting thousands of librarians know about BAsics. This is one way to get BAsics into libraries, but often it is not enough, especially with all the cutbacks—it also takes library users to go into their local branch and request it before the library will seriously consider buying the book. Now many will recognize BAsics given the buzz at the ALA. New Orleans TV coverage of the ALA showed volunteers in BAsics T-shirts as part of their coverage, and important ties were made with librarians from all parts of the country, who work in public libraries, prisons, and university and college libraries.

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