Emilio Estevez loves libraries

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Actor, director, and writer Emilio Estevez shares his passion for libraries in a new series of video public service announcements highlighting the crucial role libraries play in our communities, and we couldn't be more excited about it!  

Estevez plays a librarian in his new movie “The Public,” which he calls a “love letter” to libraries. He encourages Americans to visit, advocate, and make some noise for their libraries, one of the last remaining bastions of democracy.

All four videos are available for download. Post them on websites, social media and more!

And go see the “The Public.” It opens in theaters April 5—right in time for National Library Week (April 7-13).



"The Public" is a David-versus-Goliath story for our times, tackling some of the nation’s most challenging issues: homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and the militarization of law enforcement, all set inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action—the public library.

When an unusually bitter Arctic blast makes its way to downtown Cincinnati and lands at the front doors of the public library, the patrons turn the building into an emergency homeless shelter for the night by staging a sit-in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and the news media eager to criminalize the occupiers to boost their ratings.

Written, directed and co-starring Emilio Estevez, “The Public” stars Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Michael K. Williams, Che "Rhymefest" Smith and Jacob Vargas.