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Yes, library folks, people will complain about anything.
The West Hempstead Public Library received complaints that the study desks are arranged in a way that resembles a swastika.
The library's interior designer counters that the shape is not a swastika because the layout runs counterclockwise, the opposite direction of the Nazi emblem. Siting that this layout resembles a Native American symbol that means good luck, the library offers that the pinwheel design also makes efficient use of space.
More on this over at Newsday.
As the website LivresHebdo.fr has it, "Une bibliothèque incendiée à Villiers-le-Bel" (http://www.livreshebdo.fr/actualites/DetailsActuRub.aspx?id=1168&rubrique=3) Roughly translated by Google (see http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.livreshebdo.fr%2Factualites%2FDetai...) we read the following:
The library Louis Jouvet, who was standing near 30000 loan documents a year, was one of three facilities near the town. "It was actually the most popular library in the old Villiers-le-Bel," says Isabelle responsible Walet. "She welcomed children and adults every day." The building of 280 m2 is completely destroyed. "With my team, we are bewildered and sad," said Isabelle Walet, "we invest a lot in the relationship with the people and, in one night, this public service has entirely disappeared."
See additional coverage at http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=Villiers+library+fire&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wn.
After a three week closure for renovations, the North Riverside Public Library reopened to patrons. Boasting a new youth services and young adult areas, the library also hired three new people for Youth Services.
In a situation many of us can relate to, a planned one week closure worked its way into a much longer period. Workers are finishing construction after the reopening.
This is one of those stories where I just don't know what to say.
First, a mop falls across a faucet at the Bentonville Public Library and apparently that, in itself, is enough to cause hundreds of gallons of water to flood the janitor's closet, the coffee shop, and the Wal-Mart Meeting Room. I'm no expert on plumbing, but I can do my own and if a dust mop manages to break a faucet like this, something must have been horribly awry.
And speaking of awry, look at that next to the last sentence: "...the janitor's closet, the coffee shop, and the Wal-Mart Meeting Room." Uh, what?
More from NWAnews.
Anonymous Patron writes "While the University of Connecticut's Law Library was built just 11 years ago at a cost of $24 million, it will now cost $19 million to repair. Leaks and flaws in the granite facade of the five story building were discovered in 2002. Then the repairs were estimated to cost up to $7 million to correct the dangerous situation. The Hartford Courant has more on the story. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-trustees0926. artsep26,0,5248816.story?track=rss"
Update: 09/12 11:37 GMT by B :This is what happened that caused the flood over at the National library of Scotland. Some of the items saved included the last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots and a Gutenberg Bible.
Two boards enthusiastically approved plans for the construction of a new library and community centre for the Palo Alto Public Library.
The new Mitchell Park library will encompass 36,000 square feet while the community centre provides another 15,000 square feet of space.
More from the San Jose Mercury News.
New libraries have the benefit of creating an energy-efficient environment from the start, and here's one that's won a prize for just that in Singapore. Through various initiatives - including escalators and water taps with motion-sensors, use of natural lighting, and gardens - the National Library Board (NLB) has been taking environmental-friendliness seriously.
The Washington Post reports... "The city is seeking more than $13 million in damages from the Hyattsville contractor that was heading renovation of the Georgetown public library when a fire broke out there in late April.
Officials allege negligence on the part of Dynamic Corp., which was handling exterior improvements at the historic branch. A subcontractor for Dynamic was removing lead-based paint from second-floor windows, and it was workers' use of electric heat guns that District fire investigators concluded had ignited materials near the roofline on the building's south side.