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Public Libraries

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
to make local councils \"replenish\" their libraries complete
stock within 8.5 years, as the next war waged by dunces against good
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

Rapper\'s riches benefit library to tune of $10,000

Bessie Barnes passed along
This one on a donation by Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper and \"Thug Immortal\" Tupac Shakur.
The $10,000 donation is the largest unsolicited donation in the library system\'s history.

\"Basically, she came in to use the library, looked around, then came to the circulation desk and told them that she wanted to make a donation to the library,\" says Fisher, who grudgingly allows that he enjoys The Beatles, folk singers like Pete Seeger - and the symphony.\"

Freeport Library to Become Safe Haven for Domestic Violence Victims

The Freeport Public Library (IL) is in the news again, but this time it\'s not about their new library building woes. The library is going to serve as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Librarians, along with law enforcement officials, will be trained in how to \"establish community libraries as central repositories and safe environments where victims of violent crimes can get information about local assistance and shelters, as well as how to apply for crime victim\'s compensation.\" More

One Argument Against Offering Coffee: Lawsuits

As if spillage wasn\'t enough . . .

An Owings Mills (MD) coffee company is suing the Howard County Library and the county government for picking the Daily Grind to manage its two library cafes, alleging that the Grind falsified information in its bid proposal and library officials didn\'t properly check into the business.

Straight From Seattle Espresso Inc., which operates 10 sites in Washington and Baltimore, wants the library system to start the bidding over again.

\"You have to play by the rules, and you have to disclose all that\'s asked for,\" said Matthew McCauley, who owns the company with his wife, Ashley . . .

More from the Baltimore Sun.

Library\'s booze bid for book buffs

Charles Davis writes \" Visitors to one of Scotland\'s most prestigious libraries
could soon be able to buy alcohol under plans being drawn
up by council bosses.

Glasgow City Council wants to install a bar and cafe inside
the Mitchell Library to modernise the 19th century building.\"

We only get coffee here in the States.

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Freeport\'s New Library Saga Continues

Our friends in Freeport (IL) are in the news again. They\'ve been experiencing some difficulties over the design for the new library. First, they were criticized for the building plans. Then, there was an an appeal to the public to contribute funds from tax refunds and other personal means. Then, the citizens forced the town council to reject the funding. Then it looked as though they would get about 1/2 of their proposed funding.
Then, the public ranted more. Then, it was decided that landfill money would be used to fund the new library. Then, it looked as though they were gaining ground. Now, they\'ve hired a marketing firm to conduct a publicity campaign. An interesting facet of the situation is that the board of trustees has been \"working\" on the issue for ten years, and, still no resolution. More

Cookin\' Up a New Library

The Clearwater, FL libary friends have decided to conduct a different kind of fundraiser in order to raise money to build a new library. With the help of local residents, they have produced a cookbook and are selling it to the public. The title reads \'Recipe for a Great Library.\' Ingredients include a city commitment to family, education and quality of life; and an enlightened community, giving generously of their time, talents and resources. Directions are to gently stir until fall 2003, when the new library will open. Then cut ribbon and enjoy. Yield: 90,000-square-foot, $20.2-million library. Serves: A community of 109,000.\" More


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