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Forced Offline, Library Users Look on Shelf

You think you\'re having a bad day.
\"The computerized catalog system at the New York Public Library has been down since Monday, forcing users in all 85 branches to search the stacks visually and librarians to check out books by hand.\"

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Library\'s getting out of the movie business

The Universal Studios Research Library has shut down. Read this story from the Record Online.

It\'s the place where Gregory Peck got the idea for his ordinary-Joe hairdo in \"To Kill a Mockingbird,\" where Alfred Hitchcock got the lowdown on flight patterns for \"The Birds,\" where George Roy Hill first glimpsed the bookie joints he wanted to depict in \"The Sting,\" and where Steven Spielberg learned about shark behavior for \"Jaws.\"

For 84 years, its voluminous clipping files -- organized by topic and crammed with photographs -- were used to design the look and feel of thousands of movies and television shows, from the cop shop in the 1950s TV series \"Dragnet\" and the rocket control panels in 1995\'s \"Apollo 13\" to the
restaurants in this year\'s Jacqueline Susann biopic, \"Isn\'t She Great.\" -- Read More

Take that, Harry Potter

Publisher after publisher has introduced a line of historical fiction featuring admirable heroines. Read this story from the Record Online.

To the delight of publishers, girls are showing a voracious appetite for learning about their predecessors -- a pursuit that has propelled historical fiction into an unexpected big-bucks commodity.

Historical novels and biographies were once the preoccupation of a devoted but small band of readers. Now they\'re flying off bookshelves, particularly those books aimed at 7- to 14-year-old girls. -- Read More

Almost Poetry Month

Publishersweekly.com has a nice story on National Poetry Month.

It\'s been five years since the Academy of American Poets designated April National Poetry Month, and this year\'s month-long literary celebration and marketing frenzy will feature more promotions, readings and bookstore events than ever. -- Read More

Cyber school on the horizon

Read this story from the BBC News.

Scotland will be home to Britain\'s first \"cyber school\" which is to be in operation by August.

Up to 60 pupils at a time will get connected at the wired academy when it opens its doors for the first time in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, as children go back to school. -- Read More

Couple to Make Home in Old Ralston Library

The Omaha World-Herald has this interesting story about a couple who have decided to live in an old library. Of course many of us already feel like we live in an old library.

If atmosphere has anything to do with it, Orhan and Robin Seran\'s firstborn sure will like to read.

The child is due in September, and on Sunday Orhan Seran bought the former Ralston library at an auction for $125,000. The couple will convert the airy, two-story building into a residence.

A Ralston native who now lives with his wife outside Council Bluffs, Seran, 35, was a frequent visitor to the old building at 7900 Park Lane as a youngster.

Art available from library, but program is in doubt

Read this story Here. From the South Bend Tribune.

Want the \"Mona Lisa\" in your kitchen or an Ansel Adams
photo in your den? Framed art is again available for
borrowing at the St. Joseph County Public Library in
downtown South Bend. -- Read More

Library gets new bookmobile ready for service

Long live the bookmobile! Read this story Here. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Kalamazoo Public Library bookmobile may be back on the road as early as next week.

\"We are loading up the new bookmobile right now,\" said
Terry Lason, head of loan-and-outreach services at the
Kalamazoo Public Library. -- Read More

Libraries register gripes over porn

An article on the findings of filtering advocate David Burt. Read this story Here. From the Washington Times.

An Oregon librarian who conducted a nationwide survey found more than 2,000 complaints about pornography in public libraries. -- Read More

Roald Dahl voted Britain\'s favourite author

Read this story Here. From Yahoo UK.

Roald Dahl, one of the world\'s most popular children\'s novelists and author of \"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory\", has been voted Britain\'s favourite author in a poll.

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