Public Libraries

Guide Dog Causes Stress in Library

The Toledo Blade has this article about a guide dog that apparently caused some problems in a library for doing what he was trained to do.
\"Mr. Loesser, 36, said he went to the library recently to check out several books on tape when a girl started to pet Thunder. Mr. Loesser said he asked the girl to stop because the German shepherd was on duty.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Loesser said a librarian approached him and told him no dogs are allowed in the library. The librarian then allegedly grabbed his elbow, causing Thunder to bark, Mr. Loesser said.\"

Profiling Library Users

Cleveland.com
has a Story that caught my eye. The
Lakewood Public Library in Ohio, has begun using a
customer profile system to revamp its selection and
rearrange its books. They say that it keeps books
relevant in an Internet age.

With the rise of the
Internet, we need to keep the book alive,\" said Ken
Warren, executive director of the Lakewood Public
Library. \"We’ve started marketing nonfiction.\"

It\'s
good to see librarians being so aggressive.

Yellow Pages reaches out and touches the library

Excite News has this article on the Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages sponsoring a reading program in public libraries.

\"Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages and the Norfolk Public Library (NPL) today launched the \"Take Me to the Library\" program, encouraging adults to bring children ages K-3 to visit their local libraries. Third graders from Jacox Elementary School were captivated by the voice of actor and Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages spokesperson, James Earl Jones, as he read Grandfather\'s Journey in the children\'s reading room of the Kirn Memorial Library.\"

Gotta love those librarians

I am pleased to post this article from Michigan Live
\"With his mother perched at his left shoulder and the librarian at his right, the boy, who looked to be about 9 years old, sat a terminal and the librarian taught him how to use the computerized card catalogue system.

The librarian walked him through each step, one at a time. First, she would tell him what to do. Then she would watch him do it.

When the boy finally located the item or two he needed, she could have moved on to the next customer; she didn\'t.

\"Do you want me to help you find the book?\" she asked him.

I was impressed at her gentleness, patience and dedication. I must admit, that, by this point, I was wondering whether she would be as diligent with me.\"

We will give you 2 weeks...then we call the cops!!

The Detroit News ran this story on a two week amnesty period that a library will give its patrons to return overdue books. After that, they will have police issue warrants.
\"People can bring back overdue books with no problem during the amnesty days ... or they\'ll be dealing with the Public Safety Department,\" Public Safety Director Adam Garcia said.
Anybody with an overdue book after May 31 could be charged with larceny, a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.\"

Friends of the Library auction books online

AZStarnet.com has a Story that is of interest. Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library have decided to sell some books online to help raise money for the library. They put some books on eBay and Amazon, and made a few extra bucks.

\"Billings, the Friends general manager, said the organization hopes to bring its annual online average to $50,000 in the next two to three years, adding: \"Opening up our sale online has become quite lucrative.\"

Library Bans Cell Phones

Boston.com has this story on the decision by the West Hartford Libraries to ban the use of cell phones.
\"West Hartford librarians will reach out and shush someone under a new ban implemented in the reading areas of the public libraries in town.

The ban is in response to some complaints over the past few months about annoying ringing and chatting phone users.
\"

Food for thought at the library

MSNBC carried this article on coffee and gift shops at the public library.
\"On a recent day, a woman crunched on her Caesar salad and thumbed through the latest John Grisham mystery. Two teens sipped their caramel-flavored java as they perused the periodicals. Down the hall, a man bought a bag of Edgar Allan Poe-pourri at the gift shop. If it sounds more like a Barnes and Noble bookstore than the stuffy library from the days of old, Springfield-Greene County Library director Annie Busch certainly hopes so.
“The library is no longer the dim, dusty place that you only visit if you have to,” Busch said. “It’s suddenly a pretty cool place to hang out.”

Minneapolis council members concerned about library porn

The Star Tribune has a follow up article about the porn issue in the City library in Minneapolis.

\"Upset about reports of Internet pornography in public view and a perceived lack of action to prevent it, the Minneapolis City Council may nudge the city\'s Public Library system to take action sooner rather than later.

While the council doesn\'t have authority over the library system, Council Member Kathy Thurber planned to seek approval today of a resolution encouraging a policy like that of the St. Paul Public Library, which bars the use of Internet facilities to \"display graphics that are obscene or harmful to minors.\"

Librarians File Grievances Over Porn

Rocky Mountain News has this article about librarians in Minnesota who have had enough of pornography in their library.
\"Mary Doty stared in disbelief at the contents of the inch-thick packet of pornographic printouts delivered to her on behalf of seven Minneapolis librarians.

These weren\'t just pictures of pretty, nude ladies,\" said Doty, a Minneapolis Public Library board member. \"It\'s really gross, abnormal-looking stuff, child pornography. ... Unbelievable!\"

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