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Woman who performed sex acts at library fired

The rules include no men or minors on camera for any reason and no "actions that may be deemed obscene in your community," according to the website.

From Woman who performed sex acts at library fired | Ontario | News | Toronto Sun

Homeless People Need Libraries and Libraries Need Homeless People Too

From the AP:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment.

Many public libraries discourage homeless people from hanging around all day. "It could be the way you dress, the way your hair is," says Bailey, whose scruffy denim jacket could use a good wash.

But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year.

Phoenix libraries chasing vanishing readers online

"We have virtual customers now. So people that are coming to just utilize our downloadable materials … don't even need to walk in anymore," said Cindy Kolaczynski, district director and county librarian.

From Phoenix libraries chasing vanishing readers online

This Town’s Walmart Was ABANDONED. What They Did Inside? Oh. My. Gosh!!!

Many times, these (abandoned) buildings will just sit there untouched and slowly fall into ruin. They are often covered in graffiti, decked in spider webs, and they look like something out of a horror film...McAllen is a town in the southern section of Texas that saw one of its Walmart locations go out of business and sit idle for many years. After the store shuttered, it eventually fell into the property of the city, and the decision was made to turn the building into a public library.

This Town’s Walmart Was ABANDONED. What They Did Inside? Oh. My. Gosh!!!

Many times, these (abandoned) buildings will just sit there untouched and slowly fall into ruin. They are often covered in graffiti, decked in spider webs, and they look like something out of a horror film...McAllen is a town in the southern section of Texas that saw one of its Walmart locations go out of business and sit idle for many years. After the store shuttered, it eventually fell into the property of the city, and the decision was made to turn the building into a public library.

Back to His Usual Library Duties


Phil saw his shadow this morning, so there's six more weeks of winter. Now, back to his usual activities at the
Punxsutawney Library.

reshelving? weeding? posing for tourists? more burrowing?

Evolution for libraries in Brooklyn

Plans to redevelop two branches of the Brooklyn Public Library, including the Cadman Plaza branch housing the once well known business library.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/arts/plans-for-brooklyn-branches-have-merit.html?ref=nyregion

Artist Draws His Impression of 99 Branches of the Toronto Library

From August through October of last year, 25-year-old artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain boarded buses, trains, streetcars and his bike with an inky pen in hand and plenty of paper. His goal was to capture the city’s bastions of books by drawing each one of them in a “homey, but blue print style”— a feat he sometimes conquered amidst scorching heat and drizzling rain.

The project was born out of a conversation Rotsztain had with friends about their favourite library branches. "It’s a love letter to the library,” he told The Toronto Star. It is hard to just wander randomly, but to have this quest oriented me well to explore every corner of every borough of the city.”

He is releasing the images on his website and is eagerly anticipating drawing the 100th library to open in the Scarborough Centre area this spring.

Hat tip to Steven Cohen Library Stuff.

Books & bikes: Share program considered for a CT library

Town residents may soon be able to check out a bicycle from the Fairfield Public Library as easily as checking out a book.

The Health Department, in conjunction with the library, has received a $10,463 grant from the state for a pilot bike-share program with the goal of getting residents active and healthy.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Books-bikes-Share-program-considered-for-6022691.php

Do libraries still need to provide Internet access? - The Washington Post

Maybe many of the costs that bureaucrats decry are bound up in this online entertainment center aspect of libraries.

With the real definition and purpose of a library in mind, Fairfax officials should strive to offer what avid readers have wanted all along: a book-filled and Internet-free library.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/do-libraries-still-need-to-provide-internet-access/20...

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