Public Libraries

Public Library Quickies

After hunting for library oriented stories for over a year I think I\'ve gotten a good idea of the typical library story. Most Public Library stories are something like, Library launches improved Web page, or Library board to discuss plan to allow drinks upstairs, then there is the Funds short for library, and the most popular We Need or are Building a New Library.

Most of the stories I find are rather boring, or too \"local\" to be of much interest to many people.
Occaisionally I\'ll run across a good one like A Profile of a Library Director, or
This isn\'t your parents\' library
and finally the lovely Renaissance of Libraries. There\'s good news out there, it just takes awhile to find most of the time.

Library Advertisements

Here is an article from The Herald about the new advertisement campaign from the Boston Public Library.\"Clearly, this isn’t your father’s library, where pinched-faced old biddies stood guard over their literary charges -- or at least that’s what the Boston Public Library’s first ad campaign wants you to think.

\"This is a community that is used to seeing all kinds of crazy ads on TV and billboards,\" said library spokesman P.A. d’Arbeloff. \"Why not have some fun? When you realize the ads are for the library, it sort of surprises you, and that’s one of the desired effects. Hopefully that will help people remember the message.\" -- Read More

Big $$ to fix S.F. Library

Sfgate has a story on the big \'ol mess at the SFPL. San Francisco Public Library administrators want $5.3 million for a first round of fixes. This after a $240,000 report that offered a long list of ways to fix the $137.5 million building. I guess money grows on trees around there.

\"Because the main library has these problems, that\'s what we focus on. But the library is working, and lots of people are using it every day. These changes will make it better,\"

New Library Unites Town

Motherjones.com has a nice Story on how the Town of Johnsburg, NY put together the money and the people power to build a new library. A heart warming story on how the library has become the center of the small town.

\"When a small town set out to create a library, it took the first step toward building something far more elusive--a community.\"

Library Cats

Susan Hill writes \"Greetings! Our library recently was moved in upon by a Mama Cat and her five kittens. All five kittens have been adopted, but Mama remains. Cats in public libraries are not a new phenomenon. In fact, there is a web site devoted to the literary feline.


Thought this might be a fun time to take a break from it all and have fun with some library kitties.\"


You can check out a pic of her cat, and the rest of the story, below. Feel free to ad your own! -- Read More

A $6.8 million thank-you

Boston.com has this Story sent in by Cameron Hall & Reginald Aubry. Thomas R. Drey Jr. used all the financial information at the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library to make himself a fortune. When he died he left all the money to the library, $6.8 million!

\'\'This was a simple individual who wanted to say thank you to a system that allowed him to be successful in life,\'\' said Menino. \'\'He is making sure that the next generation can invest in that knowlege and be successful like him.\'\'

Should R-Rated Movies Be Allowed to Be Checked Out to Kids?

Should a 12 year old be allowed to check out an R-Rated video? Is it censorship if we do not allow them to do so? In this opinion piece from the Spokesman Review, the writers state that it may be in the best interests of the library to abide by the rules that the movie theaters have. This may be easier to enforce in the public library setting: There are less people there, and it would be harder for the kiddies to get access to the films. What do y\'all think?\"The library can calm this tempest in a teapot by abiding by the rating label on the video cover. In the movie industry an R rating means children 17 and under are not to be allowed to see a movie unless accompanied by an adult. The library should adopt a similar policy: No one under age 18 should be allowed to check out one of its R-rated videos.\" -- Read More

Shhh, it\'s a *silent* alarm...

The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.

The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.

These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.

The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.

Does Shopping Online Cheat Your Library

Jen Fritz writes:

\"Yesterday, PC World posted an Article titled \"Does Shopping Online Cheat
Your Library\"
. While the only appearance of the word \"library\" occurs in
the title, the article is smattered with the concept of public services
being slashed based on the lack of revenues achieved by taxation.


\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for
the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police,
firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local
governments say.\"

\"He said only five states without any sales tax are unaffected by the
explosion in Internet commerce.\"

\"Shafroth cites a study showing states would sacrifice a total $13 billion
in sales taxes by the year 2004.\"

\"\'That\'s a lot of policemen and firemen and teachers and classrooms,\'
Shafroth adds.\"


...and librarians.

We ain\'t needin no libary

The ALA estimates only 3 percent of communities are without library services, Grayson, Kentucky is one of them. This is a farming community where half the working-age people are either functionally illiterate or have minimal reading skills, and yet they wouldn\'t pay an extra $30 a year to open a library. CNN has the Full Story

\"It was pretty unbelievable,\" said Mindy Woods, a mother of two who collected 2,200 signatures supporting the measure. \"Their attitude was, \'We\'ve made up our minds. Don\'t confuse us with the facts.\' \"

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