Public Libraries

Literature and a Latte

Ever Helpful R. Hadden Writes:\"

A new public library in Howard County is borrowing a page
from the corporate booksellers\' manual: Give the customers
convenience, comfy furniture and cappuccino.

Read The Story in the Washington Post.

\"Even those who hate mega-bookstores can see their formula is working. People flock to the stores, where they can linger for hours, catch a poetry reading, browse racks of magazines and newspapers and fill up on latte and scones.\"

So, now *we\'re* your child\'s mom?

Brian Smith writes \"A couple weeks ago, Laura Schlessinger, Ph.D., gave a speech on \"The Crisis of the American Family\" at the Claremont Institute. It looks like she mostly talked about herself and plugged her latest book, but she mentioned that \"libraries ignore their primary responsibility to protect and nurture our children.\"


Text is at http://www.claremont.org/publications/schlessinger000818.cfm


CSPAN televised the speech on Aug. 19. Video is available at http://www.cspan.org/ \"

What\'s in the Book Return

News-Record.com has a rather funny
Story on the stuff found in book
returns, and the books themselves. We ran a story
awhile back on a cat found in a book return.

\"One
patron kept his place marked with a condom. Family
photos are a favorite, tucked inside books that often
weren\'t checked out from the High Point Library in the
first place.

\"It\'s wild,\" Akoje said. \"We get a whole lot of stuff back
here.\"

What kind of stuff have you found
in the return, or left in a book? -- Read More

Library to hunt down slackers, scofflaws

Another library is turning to a collection agency to get back some overdues. The Springfield-Greene County Library is trying a collection agency. The City Council is also considering a bill that toughens a city law by holding library-card holders legally responsible for materials checked out.

\"We’re out to get the chronic abusers who do not return our material, and there are chronic abusers,” library Executive Director Annie Busch said.

The library currently mails about 113 notices each week to those at least 55 days overdue, Busch said.\"

The Springfieldnews-leader has the full Story

Teens’ library needs

Teens want comfy chairs, a place to chat, snacks and plenty of Internet access according to a survey in MT. The Story from the Billings Gazette reports on the not so suprising findings of the survey.

\"Brett Janecek, a 14-year-old freshman at Billings Central, envisions a teen center at the public library where he could “get away, relax and sit, and chill.”


And really, isn\'t it all about chillin\'? -- Read More

The contrary library

The Columbus Dispatch has a nice Story on how public libraries are adapting to the internet age, and how well it is working.
They cover E-Reference, DVD\'s, E-Books, and Audio Books.

\"In the past quarter-century, public libraries have undergone significant changes...The moves have been popular: Two out of three Americans visited a public library in 1998.\" -- Read More

Library is NOT day care

An article by JS online reminds all parents that the library is not a day care facility.\"Although delighted when children explore the shelves and surf the Internet on library computers, librarians locally and nationally increasingly are taking steps to make it clear that parents - not staff - are responsible for monitoring what youngsters read and view.\" -- Read More

Collection agency helps library

A few months ago we ran a story about the Bethlehem PA Area Public Library that tried out a collection agency to collect on overdue materials and fine collections. Well, McCall.com has a follow up Story on how successful this has been.
Unique Management Services has brought in just under $2,000 for the library during the three months.

\"Unique Management Services, which specializes in library work with a soft touch rather than strong-arm approach, has increased returns and fine payments during its 90-day free trial period, said library administrator Mary Kupferschmid.\" -- Read More

Libraries offer kids a 4th R

This \'R\' rated video thing has been floating aroun for a while now, The Denver Post has an Editorial that tried to make the point this is a bad idea.

\"Movie theaters at least try to keep children from seeing R-rated movies, and Blockbuster says it won\'t rent those movies to kids. But armed with a library card, Colorado children can check out Rrated movies for free.\"

Here is the line that caught my eye:\"No one in Denver, Douglas County or Jefferson County has complained to the local libraries...\" -- Read More

Asbestos closes library

A sad story on library
closings due to asbestos in a Long Island
library.

\"I feel for the patrons because they\'re
getting hit the hardest by this,\" Guadagno said. \"But we
just have to make do and keep moving forward.\" But a
permanent resolution is nowhere in sight.\" -- Read More

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