Best Exterior Paint Job Ever

Next time you're on some committee to decide what colour(s) to paint the library's exterior, you may wish to consider something similar to this.

Library Destroyed in Street Riots North of Paris

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.

North Riverside Library Reopens After Renovation

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.

More from the RBLandmark.

Library Flooded and a "WTF?" Moment

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.

University of Connecticut Law Library Facade Flaws

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"

More on the National Library of Scotland Incident

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.


Palo Alto Library Plans Heartily Approved

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.


Singapore National Library Wins Award for Energy Efficiency

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.


DC Library Sues Contractor In Response to April Fire at Georgetown Branch

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.

MPL Northeast Wants Input on New Facility

The Northeast Community Library of the Minneapolis Public Library System is up for a renovation and a big one at that. Library administration formed an advisory team to speak with the public and learn how they can get the most for their money, which is important when we're talking about a $3 million project.

They want to know how the public really uses the library and what would be beneficial to their patronage. While the library will maintain its original footprint, the inside will change considerably.

More from the Twin Cities Daily Planet.



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