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