Public Libraries

Suspicious Object Found Outside Library

In an effort to avoid a major calamity, police temporarily closed a library in Bend, OR yesterday.

Police report that a woman found an item that looked like a hand grenade in bushes near the Deschutes Public Library Thursday morning, put it in a garbage can and called police.

Turns out it was a bicycle lock, fashioned to look like a grenade.

KTVZ-TV reports that Sgt. Dan Ritchie says the building was evacuated as a precaution.

An explosives expert was called and determined the object was not dangerous.

Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Mayor: 'The Age Of The Library Is Probably Ending'

From huffingtonpost.com

"The news that Miami-Dade Mayor was axing funding for a no-kill program at county animal shelters got worse on Monday when he announced that nearly two dozen local library branches would also be shuttered to avoid a tax increase.

The deep cuts, if passed, mean closing 22 libraries and laying off 251 library employees."

Full story here

It's Sooo Hot, But Cooling Center Libraries Are Closed

Four Brooklyn libraries will remain closed during the current heat wave due to busted air-conditioners.

The city typically urges residents to go to libraries to flee Mother Nature’s fiery wrath, but the Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Clinton Hill and Flatlands branches won’t be able to serve the steaming public.

"The library is one of the only options we have," said Brooklyn Heights resident Lori Burch, 54. "It's a problem for parents, teachers and even the seniors if there are no indoor activities for them in this weather."

The four branches are part of an expanding list of 60 libraries in the system — including the central branch — that need $300 million in fixes for rundown roofs, broken boilers and aging computers and furniture.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/bklyn-library-branches-hot-customers-article-1....

SUV Crashes into Library in New Jersey

Why is it always the library? Fortunately it was closed and undergoing renovation at the time.

Video from ABC News about vehicle crashing into Hawthorne, NJ Library.

New Library in Baghdad

A post on an IREX “global libraries” blog from 2011 sums up the many of the problems with Egypt’s public libraries of recent years — a few giant, pretty institutions with decent funding — such as Biblioteca Alexandrina, the al-Ma3di library — that are largely cold and inaccessible (and in affluent areas), rather than a larger number of community libraries.

In Egypt, occasionally non-governmental organizations have stepped forward to create neighborhood libraries. Last year, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) launched an initiative to establish five public libraries in under-served neighborhoods. While they don’t look as pretty as the Biblioteca Alexandrina, they get inside neighborhoods and bring books to people.

Read more about it at: http://arablit.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/design-for-baghdads-new-mega-library/

The ABC of It: Exhibit on Childrens Books at the NYPL

The great green room and the purple crayon are here; so are the wild things and the poky puppy, Charlotte’s web and Alice’s wonderland, the very hungry caterpillar and the stinky cheese man. It is a reunion of creatures, characters and creations, gathered from memories of childhood and parenthood, and celebrated in “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” a remarkably rich new exhibition at the New York Public Library.

Story and slide show from the New York Times.

Ray Bradbury's Books to Go to Waukegan Library

From the Daily Herald:

Author Ray Bradbury moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and spent the rest of his life on the West Coast, but his fondness for Waukegan IL never dissipated.

After his death, in June of last year, library officials learned Bradbury had bequeathed his personal book collection to the County Street facility. It's no small gift.

"Every room had a bookshelf overflowing," said Rena Morrow, the library's marketing, programming, and exhibits manager. The collection contains some books that could be valuable, such as first editions of noted works or autographed books, Morrow said.

The library also stands to receive copies of books Bradbury wrote, including some in foreign languages. The collection's value is being appraised.

The library may receive some of Bradbury's personal belongings, too.
"We'd like to get one of his typewriters," library Executive Director Richard Lee said. "He had four."

Dance @ Your Library

for your Monday entertainment... Britain's Cascade Dance Company at the Tunbridge Wells Library in "Big Dance Library Project", recorded in the summer of 2012.

Miscommunication or Mismanagement? (Part 2 of The Urbana Free Library Saga)

In the interviews that [Library Director Deb] Lissak gave Friday afternoon, the words “misunderstanding,” “miscommunication,” and “communication errors” were used repeatedly. Whose misunderstanding? Whose miscommunication? Whose communication errors?

http://smilepolitely.com/culture/miscommunication_or_mismanagement/

Urbana Free Library Aggressive Weeding Draws Criticism

The Urbana (IL) Free Library is facing scrutiny after the director, Deb Lissak made a "made a unilateral decision to weed books in the print collection by date alone," ignoring established criteria and without the knowledge of the Adult Services Director, Anne Phillips. Anecdotal reports indicate that the adult non-fiction collection has been weeded 50-75% and that the titles have been shipped to Better World Books

According to Mary Ellen Farrell, Board of Trustees President, a “conscious effort” was made “to find the most efficient way to get [the library] up to par as far as RFID tagging and … for the most usable [and] efficient things that … our library needs to have here as a core collection, and to identify things that are easily accessed, either from other libraries … or online.”

At least three staff members reported to Phillips that they were instructed to "[weed] as quickly as possible, even at the level of going through a range in 30 minutes of 2,000 titles.” That’s less than one second per book.

The details of this story are at Smile Politely.

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