Public Libraries

Proposal may limit bulk book buying

This One Says The Friends of the Marathon County [WI] Public Library wants to restrict businesses that buy books in bulk at the group\'s semiannual used book sale, but used book dealers say the proposal is unfair.
They say when businesses come in and buy books in bulk, they\'re taking away from the service provided to community members: the retired people, those with a limited income, home-schoolers, and the average Joe.

Better late than never?

Stories like this always amuse me. Better late than never is on a copy of \"Miss Abby Fitch-Martin\", returned to the Gere Public Library, 13,668 days past its due date. In this case, the due-date card stamped Feb. 17, 1965, was still in the back pocket. But the card listing the borrower has long disappeared. Someone owes them $3,400.

Local libraries resist role as day care centers

One From Boston on how parents are trying to turn public libraries into makeshift day-care centers - and how librarians are dealing with the problem.
They say The problem is one shared by librarians nationwide. For example, in Bristol, Conn., the problem became so severe that the library posted a policy requiring all children age 8 and younger to be accompanied by an adult - and for police to be called if a child is left for more than 15 minutes after the library closes.

Leaders stand by keeping libraries

Good News from Cincinnati where a handful of Tristate political leaders want the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to close the book on the possibility of shutting down five of its branches.

Commissioner Todd Portune, Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and a handful of other elected officials Friday signed a declaration saying the library should not close five branches to help resolve a $4.3 million budget deficit.

Libraries thrive in the Internet Age

Paul Coleman writes \"A reporter surveys the unexpected good news of library vitality (and ALA\'s PR office earns its keep!).

Full Story from the The Christian Science Monitor.\"

They say rather than lead to the demise of libraries, the World Wide Web may have turned out to be a their saving grace. The Internet is fueling an increase in library use which, in turn, has led to a library-construction and renovation boom.

Readers being urged to buy their own library books

Word From South Gloucestershire that Bookworms are being urged to buy their own library books.
They are being asked to sponsor a title to solve the problem of empty library shelves across the district. They can choose from a list of books up for sponsorship in libraries from £5 up to £25.

Cinci Residents: Let\'s save libraries

The Cincy Post is reporting Throughout Greater Cincinnati, folks are trying to figure out what they can do to keep libraries open. They say if people volunteered to do library yard work, and take over other services, such as janitorial work, they could save money and prevent threatened branch closures.
Do you love your library enough to clean a toilet? I know I do!
There\'s Also Been some rallys as well.

\"The library was instituted to provide access to materials free of charge,\" she said. \"This free of charge access is particularly important in neighborhoods that are not wealthy. If libraries have to be closed to save money, wouldn\'t it make more sense to take them away from people who already have a lot, instead of taking them away from people who don\'t have many resources?\"

Library Ban Lifted

SomeOne passed along
This Fun Story on some territorial issues on Long Island. It seems people from Smithtown can now check out books from the Commack Public Library. In 1984, they were banned from checking out anything after the library appealed to the state that Smithtown residents were overusing its resources.
Meanwhile, tensions remain between neighbors. Huntington residents grumbled words such as \"fear\" and \"ludicrous\" yesterday, while those in Smithtown grunted ones such as \"prejudice\" and \"pathetic.\"

Kooky Long Islanders.

Local newspaper supports better plan for new library

SomeOne writes \"For once a local newspaper has stood up to the grandiose plans of local country-clubbers who want a $40 million new library. The Charleston Gazette wrote a sensible editorial advocating using existing structures, and staying in the downtown. The editorial writer is familiar with the disaster in San Francisco, and knows that library boards have no concern for patrons or staffs - just building corporate monuments. Hopefully the board will be stopped from repeating the SFPL disaster.

Full Story \"

Blacks need to use the library more

The Orlando Sentinel has a column by local columnist David Porter who says The poor patronage at some public library branches suggests that many people in Orlando\'s black community are not reading. He says, that\'s tragic. Reading is the foundation upon which education is built. Those who don\'t read, or don\'t value reading, are doomed to failure.

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