The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax “Book Burning Party” campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy, MI. Michigan’s extreme austerity measures and collapsing economy had put the library under threat, and the town proposed a 0.7% tax raise to keep it open. The local Tea Party spent a large sum of money opposing the measure on the grounds that all taxes are bad, so the Burnett campaign reframed the issue by creating a hoax campaign to celebrate the library’s closure with a Book Burning Party a few days after the vote.
The outrage generated by this campaign was sufficient to win the day for the library, as Troy’s residents made the connection between closing libraries and burning books, focusing their minds on literacy and shared community, rather than taxation.
Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who’d managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide.
(Source: Boing Boing)
This is such a lovely endeavor. I enjoyed it immensely.
Library Secret Door - Simon Brown Photography
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University. I want to go to this school so badly, partially because the libraries are so lovely.
Rewritten plot of Matilda by Roald Dahl. Just love this. I worked at a bookstore until six months ago (the bookstore sadly closed), and we lost a ton of business to the world of electronics. Thanks Aaron!
I want this mug so badly. Click the source link to get to an awesome site filled with literary insults that are classy. :)