Theatrics in the Reading Room


New York City based Improv Everywhere (causing “scenes of chaos and joy in public places” since 2001) brought live and unanticipated entertainment to the main reading room of The New York Public Library at 42nd Street last week.

The group was asked to do the special skit as part of the Library’s Don’t Close The Book On Libraries advocacy campaign to fight a proposed $37 million city budget cut – the harshest in its history – that would lead to branch closures, layoffs and hourly cut-backs. The end of the video includes a link to the NYPL’s website, and the message “Don’t Close The Book On Libraries”. It’s another creative way NYPL is trying to get its important message out to new and wider audiences. Any of the action look familiar? Ghostbusters (1984) begins with a scene in the very same room!


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