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Here is a story from the Chicago Sun-Times about an alderman who is trying to figure out why his regional library is removing \"books in good condition.\" Ald. Eugene Shulter has community activists \"up in arms\" over what seems to be routine weeding. Security has twice attempted to have him removed from the library. Folks, this is not a good example of community relations.
Bookmobiles are still going strong in PA. Currently there is at least one bookmobile in 25 Pennsylvania counties. The program began in 1977 with a single bookmobile. The bookmobiles are especially popular in rural areas without a local library. From the Tribune-Review
Steven Bell writes \"On 9/3/01 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported a story about a surburan Public Library, in Abington Township, that held a retirement party for its library pet, a turtle called Eltrut. This would be a fairly standard story, but the Inquirer actually identified the turtle as a librarian. As if our public image wasn\'t bad enough, and the public didn\'t already think that everyone who worked in the library was a librarian, now the Inquirer refers to the library pet as a librarian. The story is found
Wayne Risher from the Memphis, TN
Appeal news writes: \"Like it or not,
day cares, hangouts and meeting spots, as well as
places for bookish pursuits. \"
The Central Library will be closing for two months to
move to a new building. Parents and kids are having to
find other \"day care\" options. Day care centers have
noticed a slight increase in enrollment.
\"A couple of parents have told me they\'re signing up
because the library is closing,\" said Thomas. \"I think
we\'re going to get a lot.\"
Baltimore citizens said a sad goodbye Saturday to five city libraries shuttered by budget cuts:
Yesterday, the last day in the lives of five city libraries, played to a small but sad audience.
As Carla D. Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, made a farewell tour to thank librarians in all five branches she chose for closure, many people paid their last respects to beloved neighborhood beacons in all corners of Baltimore, from Pimlico to Fells Point.
One woman from far outside the city made a pilgrimage to her past . . . \"This was my childhood library,\" she said. \"I\'m a librarian because of it. I could walk here.\"
Are comfy chairs an issue at your library?
Patti Brandt from the Bay City Times writes about the selection of chairs at the Bay County Library System:
\"Staff members there have been asking visitors for the last week or so to rate six different chairs on size, comfort and eye appeal...Thomas Birch, managing librarian of the Bay City Branch, said choosing a chair is a very subjective matter.\"Full Story
The Seattle Public Library System has been forced to formulate a policy to address the issue of unattended children being left at its branches:
At the Columbia branch on Rainier Avenue South, young-adult librarian Sarah Webb recalled a 3-year-old who often came with an older sister and then was left alone, or three little girls from 5 to 8 years old who were being left at the library more than six hours a day. \"Sometimes they get bored,\" Webb said. \"They run out of stuff to do. They get antsy. They\'re here six hours with nothing to eat.\"
A formal policy would provide guidance for staffers, who have typically been trained in library science, not child welfare. . .
Where are the child welfare authorities? And ALA wonders why so few people are interested in public library work . . .
I missed this when it appeared in March - here\'s hoping it hasn\'t been posted before:
The African public library systems have failed to respond to the needs of their constituency. The problems faced by these systems are multi-faceted but can be divided into five broad categories: the introduction of an anachronistic and inappropriate colonial model, inadequate training of library staff, deficiencies in determining specific needs through analysis, lack of cooperation among agencies involved in library-related work, and the absence of sustained efforts to achieve an alternative framework. In this literature survey, these problems will be discussed and recommendations made for addressing some of the issues. A table will also be provided detailing the ideal African public library system.
\"Public Interest,\" a great Washington, D.C. local affairs radio show, profiled a number of area public libraries today:
It\'s a place where parents bring their children for storytime. Where senior citizens learn to surf the Web. And where families can rent their favorite DVDs. It\'s your local library. Join guest host Frank Stasio as he talks to directors from libraries around the Washington area about their role in the community.
You can find more information and listen in RealAudio here. It will be reaired tonight at 8PM for any Washingtonians out there.