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Mark Todd writing in The Star Beacon notes that the Conneaut Public Library in extreme northeastern Ohio has purchased an inflatable movie screen for showing films. Test runs have taken place away from the library's location.
Along with the July 18th evening news broadcast on WOIO-TV reporting that Cleveland has a population where 69% of residents are illiterate, word was also posted to the station's website about a book burning held in the suburb of Westlake relative to Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Office of Communications at the Library of Congress announced that Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was named 19th US Poet Laureate. Trethwey will hold the positions concurrently. Poets.org has a profile posted of the new appointee. Huffington Post and the New York Times have more on the appointment as well.
CNN's online presence is carrying a piece by Amy Gahran that comments on a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project report that notes a lack of interest in the Internet itself by that 20% of the population among other findings.
The full report is available PDF download.
The question that does arise is how the Internet can be irrelevant to a particular part of the American population and why.
Most of us learned about the significance of April 23rd back in high school (the Bard's birthday), but now there's another reason to celebrate. April 23, 2012 is the first US World Book Night, when publishers will donate and volunteers will distribute free books to anyone who wants them. Want to be a part of it? Sign up as a volunteer on their site before February 1.
World Book Night premiers this year in the US. Bookstores & libraries will be distribution points. Did you sign up? What book do you want to distribute? I did (for Poisonwood Bible). Here are the book options, thirty in all.
Internet grandee Dave Winer has posted at his blog a call to push for more decentralization of the Internet.
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the British counterpart to the American Library Association, issued jointly with the UK's National Literacy Trust a press release condemning the announced 2012 closure of Hertfordshire Schools Library Services.