Monday, May 24, 2010

Budget Cut? Who You Gonna Call? [You're The Expert] [News]

Libraries all around the country are facing huge budget cuts. In protest to planned cuts for their local budget, the New York Public Library asked Improv Everywhere to do a skit as The Ghostbusters as part of their campaign objecting to a proposed $37,000,000 in budget cuts.  A lot of footage was filmed for the Ghostbusters movie inside of the NYPL, so it might have had an aire of authenticity?  Anyway, the proposed cut is the largest that the library has ever faced and will result in lay-offs, branch closures, and reduced hours.  The campaign is called Don't Close The Book On Libraries. The library is accepting donations to help offset the impact that the cuts will have. They are also asking New Yorkers to write their local officials, and have made it easy for them to do so with a webform that will locate your city councilperson for you.

Are state and local budget cuts affecting you and your library?  Have you ever seen as creative a campaign as this to save the libraries?  We're curious.  You're the expert on you and your town, so tell us what you think in the comment section.

Watch the video of the improv below, and to see more pictures, visit Improv Everywhere, they have about a zillion of them.  NYPL has some behind the scenes shots too. Oh, and the lyrics to the song are below the video so that you can play it again and sing along if you want!

If there's something strange
in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS

If there's something weird
and it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS

I ain't afraid of no ghosts
I ain't afraid of no ghosts

If you're seeing things
running through your head
Who can ya call?
GHOSTBUSTERS
An invisible man
sleeping in your bed
Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS

I ain't afraid of no ghosts
I ain't afraid of no ghosts

Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS

If ya all alone
pick up the phone
and call
GHOSTBUSTERS
I ain't afraid of no ghosts
I here it likes the girls
I ain't afraid of no ghost
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS

If you've had a dose of a
freaky ghost baby
Ya better call
GHOSTBUSTERS

Lemme tell ya something
Bustin' makes me feel good!
I ain't afraid of no ghosts
I ain't afraid of no ghosts

Don't get caught alone no no

GHOSTBUSTERS

When it comes through your door
Unless you just want some more
I think you better call
GHOSTBUSTERS

Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS
[via Wall Street Journal]

2 comments:

Kirthi said...

I don't know if the budget is being cut from my library, but I do know that whenever I go there with my books to donate, they are extremely happy! This is a great post, love the lyrics :D

Bethie said...

NJ is have major cuts all over, the libraries included. Very creative campaign in NY to save the funding for the library. But most states just don't have the money to maintain the level of services. I implore everyone to pay attention to where your local, state and federal gov'ts are spending your money. They get away with the waste and frivolous spending because we are not watching. They have spent all this money and now the bills are due. And once again, WE are paying.