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Petition to Hulu, Netflix, The CW, CBS

Save The Librarians by picking it up

If you're like me, you love TNT's smash hit The Librarians but you probably also heard the recent news about the untimely cancellation. However, much as the Librarians have saved the Library multiple times before on the show, so too can we save the Library from a Doylist perspective by helping move it to another network. Below are six reasons why the show deserves to be saved 1. It's optimistic: Due in part probably to the massive success of stuff like Game Of Thrones, it seems like everybody and their brother (even in previously optimistic franchises like the DCU and Star Trek) is deciding to go dark and edgy and, well, this Tumblr post says it best writers: how are we gonna top ourselves! we got tons of exciting stuff in store!! at least eleven big bads this season!!!! whos gonna survive who won’t????!! 3 love triangles and 2 quadrangles!!!!  me: I’ll Pay You 5$ To Let The Characters Just Simply Talk To Each Other For Once While I admit The Librarians might somewhat be guilty of as much of that as can fit in a ten-episode season (and I respect what of that wasn't just done for shock value because it all had its narrative purpose), I still want the kind of show where Big Bads can be defeated by singing or the literal power of friendship and it still be a show meant for adults or that can have lines like "Please don't fangirl over the archvillain". It's a welcome breath of fresh air and deserves to stay that way 2. It's diverse: Some people might see this as a bit of a millennial snowflake reason but I think representation really matters and this show has that in spades. Sure, it only has one series regular of color but representation is about more than race for it also has a canonically neurodivergent queer woman (and if TNT cancels this show because of Cassandra's queerness like I heard rumored, it'd brand them homophobes and completely hurt their brand given the state of internet politics and this show's steadfast fandom) and the first "vaguely-autistic-coded-loner-genius-who-fights-crime-with-a-found-family" I've seen who's a humanities genius instead of yet another genius scientist or cold reader/observer, which, as an autistic art history major (who can therefore relate to two of the main characters on the show if not three), makes me very very happy 3. It's geeky and nerdy: It's often the case that when making a show that's intended to appeal to the intellectually-inclined, the writers kinda bullshit the science and make it quasi-not-accurate-but-sounding-science-y-enough-to-seem-accurate and throw in a bunch of geeky references to stuff like Star Trek to appease the kind of people who'd get offended at the scientific inaccuracy (yes, I am vagueing about what you think I am). However, though we can give it a bit of leeway due to the fantasy nature of the show, The Librarians generally gets the actual science it uses pretty darned accurate. It isn't just nerdy that way though, featuring a lot of neat facts and references (and some things that for all I know are facts and are just being covered up if you know what I mean) relating to everything from history to art to literature to mythology (subjects that shows don't often show as "nerdy"). It does include its fair share of geeky pop culture references (to such things as Star Trek, Doctor Who and Back To The Future) but it does it in a tasteful way 4. It's rather unexpectedly inspirational/powerful: This doesn't just include the various episodes' positive morals (ranging from "true love can transcend time" to "life with no consequences would be absolute crap" to "true friends put each other before their own success" and that's just in season 2) but also it's powerful in how it values intelligence. A lot of kids who'd perhaps otherwise grow up thinking their lack of a magical childhood or ancient prophecy concerning them or whatever means they can't be a hero like they read about would be inspired to perhaps pursue careers in fields similar to the many expertises of the Librarians because theirs is a kind of chosen-one-ness where you don't have to have non-human parents or whatever to potentially be a hero like them, just be super hecka smart 5. It means a lot to me as an Oregonian: Anyone else getting sick of crime shows all seemingly set in either LA or New York City and sitcoms that aren't set there set in some podunk middle America town that might not even exist in the real world? Well, for those that want a breath of fresh air, The Librarians not only offers fantastical flights of fancy but is set all over the world though the team is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Despite the globe-trotting settings, a lot of the show is actually also filmed in Oregon which gives a significant boost (both in tourism/economy stuff and the recognition factor/the feeling that for all we know the show's just plausible deniability for an actual squad of weirdness-hunters on Portlanders' proverbial doorstep) to an area that might not otherwise get it for it's the only Oregon-filmed show I know of that's still on the air since the recent cancellation of Grimm  6. The opportunities provided by moving to another network: I have repeatedly queried (and I am not the only fan who has) about if the show could ever have seasons longer than 10 or 12 episodes (because of how many story possibilities that could open) and heard it was TNT policy that it couldn't. Well, if it moves away from TNT, TNT policy no longer applies so we could, who knows, even get 20-something episode seasons. Also, it wouldn't even have to matter that Noah Wyle's got another thing because he was able to "be in two places at once" during the first season or two and the events of the fourth season probably means that future seasons would have him and Eve taking a backseat to the trio which might mean a golden opportunity for some new blood along with the new network (like more diversity like fans have been clamoring for) In conclusion, just as the Guardian was the one to save the Library/Librarians so many times on the show, so it is that I, who have come to think of myself as the fandom Guardian to some extent, now hope to lead the charge to save The Librarians. But just as she needed the rest of the team, so too do I need all of you   

Freya Ruehr
1,234 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Corey Johnson, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Meenakshi Srinivasan

Protect Poet Walt Whitman's New York City Home

Walt Whitman, America's most famous poet, lived at 99 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn, New York when his world famous book Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855.  While Whitman lived in over 30 places in what is today New York City during this lifetime, the house at 99 Ryerson Street is the ONLY ONE still standing.  Accordingly, 99 Ryerson Street is of great cultural and historical significance.  It tells not only the story of a key moment in American poetry and literature, but also the story of a towering figure in global culture. We are seeking official city landmark designation from New York City to protect the building from demolition, especially because development is encroaching on the neighborhood.  While the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission initially rejected our request, the Commission is currently reviewing additional information and research that we provided on the significance of the site and Walt Whitman's association with the site.  We need your help convincing the Commission to landmark this critically important building. The house at 99 Ryerson Street is one of only two buildings directly associated with Walt Whitman that are still standing in New York City.  It would be an unforgivable tragedy to lose this crucially important building to history.  Join us in protecting this important cultural resource for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Quotes from supporters: "To protect a house like this one, it seems to me, is a form of cultural stewardship.For this house to disappear would be something like an extinction: such a place cannot be got back, not ever, once it is lost."  - George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize “During my time as Poet Laureate of the United States, my travels in our country and abroad gave me a renewed sense of Walt Whitman’s ongoing, central importance. Poets writing in other languages, on every continent have looked to Whitman’s work for an epitome of what is most liberating in the culture of the United States. Please let me add my voice to those hoping that you will recognize his house in Brooklyn as a true landmark.”  - Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate "I feel a particular relationship to Whitman and, maybe more to the point, a strong sense of just how much impact not only his work but his physical presence had on the New York City of his day. I do hope you’ll revisit the question of the house on Ryerson as a historic landmark."  - Michael Cunningham, award winning author  “2019 marks the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. We hope to celebrate Whitman’s groundbreaking contributions to literature by landmarking the site most associated with his seminal work by the time that key milestone arrives. I hope the Commission understands this is not about the architectural merit of 99 Ryerson Street but rather its incredibly significant cultural value.” - Professor Karen Karbiener, founder of the Walt Whitman Initiative “The city needs more landmarks like this one to help narrate the histories of LGBT Americans – and it needs to consider cultural landmarks seriously rather than aesthetic landmarks alone.” - Jay Shockley, co-founder of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project “If Whitman’s Leaves of Grass gave birth to American poetry, then Brooklyn is thebirthplace of our art, and 99 Ryerson Street is the last remaining cradle. The Commission needs to reconsider its initial rejection.” - Jason Koo, executive director and founder of Brooklyn Poets

Brad Vogel
1,894 supporters