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Orwell Library Set for Restoration

The library where George Orwell researched his book The Road To Wigan Pier is to be restored.

The Grade II-listed building, now the History Shop in Wigan Town Centre, will receive a £1.6m transformation over the next year to create a heritage hub. BBC News.

Crisis in Punxsutawney

Workers at the Punxsutawney (PA) Library are dealing with what they are calling an escape artist.

Punxsutawney Phil has escaped his den at the library three times over the past two weeks. Officials said the groundhog was returned to his den each time and has not been injured.

According to workers at the library, the groundhog is climbing into the library's ceiling. From there, Phil travels about 50 feet before dropping into the library's offices from the ceiling. Maybe he's looking for a wee bit more excitement than what the library is currently offering.

The most recent escape was last Sunday.

Do City Libraries Get A Raw Rent Deal?

Rumor has it that the Lubbock Public Library was close to a deal to rent an old Albertson's location to hold one of its branches (closed due to water leaking/mold in the walls). When the real estate people figured out that the city wanted the spot, they said the rent would be 3x what was originally discussed.

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Indianapolis Central Library Wants Their Due

LEBANON, Ind. — Attorneys for the last remaining firm targeted by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in the botched Central Library project asked a Boone County jury for healthy skepticism today, the opening day of an expected six-week trial.

Thornton Tomasetti, a New York-based engineering firm, and one of its managing principals are accused by the library of fraud by concealing flaws in its designs of a parking garage and lying to library officials about the soundness of the structure. The library is requesting $24 million in damages against the engineering firm.

The case is rooted in the expansion and renovation of the Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis. The then-$103 million project ballooned by nearly $50 million after cracks and gaps were discovered in the concrete of a new parking garage five years ago, causing library officials to halt construction for more than a year.

Flooding Closes Ontario Library

A flood at the Richmond Hill (ON) Central Library, over the weekend, has the library closed today and for the foreseeable future.

"Books and water don't mix," wryly noted Italo Brutto, Town of Richmond Hill Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works to councillors Monday evening. Mr. Brutto said the flood began late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, originating on the library's third floor.

The exact cause is still being investigated, but it has been determined that the leak originated in the building's heating system, which uses hot water to keep the building warm.

Carpets and tiles have been sent for cleaning, and between 28,000 and 30,000 books suffering water damage and have been put aside to be freeze dried.

UNC Chapel Hill Library Needs a Fix and Can't Afford It

With North Carolina mired in economic crisis, UNC-Chapel Hill's Wilson Library, home to some of the state's oldest records and rarest books, is stuck in state-mandated paralysis.

A year ago, the state fire marshal's office came close to shutting the 80-year-old building down after finding a slew of fire-code violations. Regulators eventually backed off, instead imposing significant restrictions on how the university can use more than half of the building. One key concern: There aren't enough exits.

Until a sprinkler system is installed and two new exterior stairwells are added, at least 60 percent of the 300,000-square-foot library's usable space is essentially off limits for any use other than storage.
Improvements are estimated to cost $12 million. And there's the problem. The state is slashing funding to universities, and the project isn't at the top of the campus construction priority list.

"It's looking pretty bleak," said Sarah Michalak, the university librarian. "They just feel Wilson is one of the most unsafe buildings on campus. And we don't have the money."

TN Librarian Lives Through a Storm That Rips off the Library's Roof

Thursday, people in Morgan County TN cleaned up after a scary storm Wednesday left a librarian at the Abner Ross Community Center Library wondering if she'd be alive to see another day.

Deer Lodge Librarian Sherry Waschevski was trapped inside the library but managed to call 911 for help. Video and stories from Volunteer TV and WBIR-
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Ontario Library Board and Municipal Authorities Negotiate on Space

The Argus Observer reports on talks that are currently underway between the city and the newly-formed Ontario Oregon Public Library Board regarding how much, if anything, the city should charge the library for use of the facility, but county officials have also made their voices heard on the issue.

Which One Will It Be for the Madison Public Library Main?

After a four-year hiatus, Madison WI is planning to rebuild its main library.

More than 50 people came to the city's Library Board meeting Thursday to hear from representatives of T. Wall Properties and the Fiore Cos., both of which are vying to rebuild the city's downtown library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Though only a fraction of attendees spoke on the two plans, most seemed to favor the Fiore Companies plan, which would use an adjacent property already owned by the company on West Washington Avenue to create a six-story, stand-alone library that is part of an "integrated block" with other nearby buildings.

The plan put forth by T. Wall Properties, which was the impetus for restarting talks on rebuilding Central Library after four years, would use the current location on West Mifflin Street to create a nine-story, mixed-use development with the library located on three floors between first-floor retail and top-floor office space.

Though the T. Wall library would have a separate entrance for the library and the potential for first-floor space in the form of a library store, attendees who spoke out said the importance of the building's civic use should demand a strong street-level presence. Madison.com.

New Year's Day Flooding in Clackamas County Library

A flood caused by a New Year's Day storm destroyed thousands of books at the library in Estacada, OR on Friday.

"Everything on bottom shelves is gone," said library director Katinka Bryk.

The town is in Clackamas County, where the rains were heavy and Gov. Ted Kulongoski declared a state of emergency.

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