Public Libraries

NC Library May Add KKK Tape to Collection

From the Raleigh, NC News & Observer:

The city library may add a videotape produced by the Ku Klux Klan to its collection if the tape doesn\'t violate copyright law. Klan members also mailed the tape to libraries in High Point, Winston-Salem and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, saying it was a protest against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Skip Alston, the president of the state NAACP and a Guilford County commissioner, said adding the tape to any collection would insult blacks . . .

\"It\'s our whole mission to provide free and equal access to information,\" Library Director Sandy Neerman said. The city\'s policy on library materials says that items shouldn\'t be banned just because they might be unpopular or controversial.

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Libraries focus on new technology

MSNBC is running This One on how high tech new public libraries are.

They say now that we all have coffee, there is a new emphasis on upgrading technology at the nation’s 16,000 public libraries.

“Computers have always been one of the most popular things at the library,” says Liz Lancaster, director of Howard County Central Library in Columbia, Md. “Everyone was afraid when the Internet was introduced that people would stop coming to the library, but that hasn’t happened.”

The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library

The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library by Andy Barnett says don’t plan on closing your doors anytime soon. He gives ten reasons why the public library is here to stay.

The business of the Internet is entertainment, Increasingly, quality content will cost, and Text on paper has some widely ignored advantages are just a few.

Library finds friends in volunteers

Here\'s A Nice Little Story on all the nice things \"Friends\" do for libraries.

\"Libraries are so important to a community,\" Brown said. \"They give people a chance to read so many more books than they\'d be able to buy.\"

Another Love Letter to Public Libraries

From the Washington Post:

Kids adore libraries. Where else can you find endless shelves filled with stories about curious monkeys, giant peaches, beanstalks and hungry caterpillars? The plastic library card and the responsibility of returning books on time is a rite of passage, one of many marking our entrance into the adult world.

Most adults, on the other hand, tend to favor the crisp, sanitized environs of chain book retailers, where one can flip through the latest John Grisham bestseller or fresh copies of Oprah-worthy selections while nursing coffee and biscotti.

I used to be among those latte-drinking, magazine-flipping masses, snubbing my modest neighborhood library until just a few months ago. Visions of musty stacks, an archaic Dewey Decimal System and intimidating librarians kept me from going, even though it\'s just half a block from my apartment . . .

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Public Library PR

Judy writes \"A commentary in the Sunday, December 23, 2001,Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled \"Time to Check It Out: A certain segment of the population is overdue at the library.\" Read and enjoy Kristin Tillotson\'s comments, including: \"The public library is not just a place for those who can\'t afford to buy, nor a nostalgic reminder of eras past. It is a constantly evolving resource in step with the future.\"
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Man Finds Fortune In Library Book

Fark never dissapoints.

This One on A man in Hawaii found $68,000 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds in a book from the local Library. So he tracked down the owner of the bonds, who was an elderly woman who didn\'t realize they were missing and seemed somewhat confused.

On the front line in war against dunces

Ender, Duke_of_URL writes: \"William Rees-Mogg writes an editorial
for the London Times
discussing the new
plan
to make local councils \"replenish\" their libraries complete
stock within 8.5 years, as the next war waged by dunces against good
education.\"
This, in the name of circulation, I guess.

\"Councils have to
submit a ‘library plan’ to the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport . . . ‘the targets are to make sure that libraries are vibrant
and attract people to them’.\"

Library discusses breast-feeding issue

Just in case you wonder why the story icon for the librarian topic is a nut....

Someone sent in This Story from, Normal, IL, where in an animated 1 1/2-hour meeting Wednesday, the Normal library board voted 5-1 to form a committee to develop suggestions in the wake of a dispute over a board member breast-feeding her toddler at the library during story time.
The worlds funniest librarian joke is surely in this somewhere, I\'m not even sure where to start....

Homeless problems at Seattle Public Library

Someone writes \"The Seattle Weekly
has A Story
on the problems caused by large numbers of homeless using the temporary downtown library. \"


\"On some days, you can walk through the place and 80 or 90 percent of the people will be homeless,\"

See Also: Homeless Troubles in Boston, sent in by Don Warner Saklad

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