Public Libraries

Sign of the Times: On borrowed time

The Warsaw Business Journal Says Warsaw’s 112 gmina-funded public libraries are reporting growth in the number of customers using their facilities. In 2000, the gmina estimated that 195,205 people used Warsaw’s public libraries and this figure is only expected to keep increasing.

Old Kmart to become branch library

Word From Jacksonville that The former Kmart store on University Boulevard North is targeted for redevelopment as the University Park Library, as well as a city park.the library will include adult, teen and children\'s sections, a group study room and a conference room. In addition, the warehouse space will serve the entire library system, check out The Plans Online.

\"The city has long-range plans of not only putting a branch library in there and put the other services in that facility, but also building a nice park around it,\"

Thanks to Bob Cox for this story.

With an iron fist in a velvet glove

The Buffalo News has a Story With A Fun Title on \"the brave new world of library fine enforcement\".

All 52 libraries in the Erie County system now use an Indiana collection agency to track down scofflaws who owe hefty overdue fines or have lost library materials.

Public PCs

Bob Cox sent along This Story on the significant number of people still don\'t have the means or the desire to get a computer at home, making public PCs a big draw.

\"In order for this state to be competitive, our citizens have to absolutely know how to use information technology skills, both in their jobs and their ability to learn and also their ability to play,\"

Math Lady Makes a Difference

Known as the \"Math Lady\", Phyllis E. Stern is a retired teacher who has now volunteered over 1,000 hours at the Burlington County Library helping students with math work.\"I help whoever is here,\" she said, \"and the list grows steadily. . . .\" The rest of the story from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite Investment, Little Use of Malaysian Public Libraries

From the Malaysian National News Agency:

Only some 15 per cent of the country\'s population utilise the public libraries despite the huge amount spent by the federal and state governments to develop this facility. Education Minister Tan Sri Musa said the federal government had spend over RM92 million . . . to develop the public libraries . . .


Pete Hamill speaks out for public libraries

Someone writes \"
Pete Hamill has a great Column on what public libraries did for him and are still doing for the public today. \"

Quite a nice story on what public libraries do for those who can\'t afford much to learn by.

Barefoot patron suing library

Robert Neinast sued the Columbus Metropolitan Library, saying that the ban on going barefoot blocks a healthy lifestyle and his First Amendment rights. Luckily, Judge Algenon Marbley told Neinast that he might not let the case go to trial.
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Without book menders, library would be in a bind

A Nice Story on some swell ladies who spend their afternoons at the library mending damaged books. The most common books that come to Haggard for repairs are Harry Potter books and Curious George books. They aren\'t sure sure if it was because of poor manufacturing or because the books are so popular.

\"The program, established more than five years ago, saves the library more than $1,000 each month, Baumbach said. \"When you consider the staff time it would take to do it ourselves and the cost of replacing these books, it well exceeds $1,000,\" she said.\"

Queens, NY Public Libraries Face Deep Cuts

From the New York Daily News:

Queens Library will need to reduce its staff by 200 full-time positions and cut hours at most of its branches, its executive director warned yesterday.

Under the city\'s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2003, the library is facing \"the single largest funding reduction ever in the history of the Queens Library,\" Gary Strong said at a hearing of the Queens Borough Board on the budget . . .



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