Presidential Libraries

Our First President Was a Scofflaw...Overdue Books!

He may have never told a lie, but George Washington apparently had no problem stiffing a Manhattan library on two books.

Two centuries ago, the nation's first President borrowed two tomes from the New York Society Library on Manhattan's Upper East Side (New York City being the Nation's Capital at the time) and never returned them, racking up an inflation-adjusted $300,000 late fee.

But Washington can rest easy. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines," quipped head librarian Mark Bartlett. "But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back." Washington's dastardly deed went unknown for almost 150 years.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/17/2010-04-17_read_it__weep_by_george_prez_racks...

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site
Hawaii legislators are poised to urge President Barack Obama to choose the state where he was born and raised as the site of his presidential library. While Hawaii may be an underdog to Chicago for the selection, lawmakers should be satisfied if Obama rejects the traditional library in a way that could embrace both applicants.

University Park approves rezoning land for Bush library

University Park approves rezoning land for Bush library
The City Council voted unanimously to rezone land for the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Tuesday, with officials saying they favored the good of the city over protests from some homeowners.

University Park council members want Bush library parking changes

University Park council members want Bush library parking changes
With a little more than a week until they are scheduled to vote, city officials made it clear Monday that they do not intend to rubber-stamp SMU's proposal to rezone land for the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Crowds Flock to Presidential Library (~not~ a Founding Father) for President's Day

YORBA LINDA – Lured by the offer of free admission, cherry pie, and a chance to meet Abraham Lincoln, Orange County residents and visitors from as far away as Temecula, flocked to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum to celebrate Presidents Day.

By 10 a.m. the parking lot at the Library was full and visitors trekked from overflow lots across the street to climb aboard the presidential helicopter or pose for pictures with impersonators of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

"I thought it would be good to try and remember what Presidents Day is about," said Dawn Koscelnik of Yorba Linda, who brought her three sons to the Library. "It's not about going and buying things, but seeing history."

Story from the OC Register.

She Signed Up for a Library Card, but Got a Lot More

Gig Harbor, WA: When Marie Bassett received a phone call from the Pierce County Library System telling her she had won a free laptop computer, she first thought it was a hoax.

Bassett filled out a little piece of paper when she renewed her library card a while back, but she had forgotten about it.

The countywide library system held a raffle for two laptops during its annual card drive, and Gig Harbor’s Bassett won one of them.

“It was a funny story,” she said. “I went to have my library card renewed, and they had me fill out this little slip of paper. I said, ‘What do you want me to do with this?’ ”

Bassett said she regularly checks out items at the library with her husband, and she decided to get her own card updated. “I thought, ‘That’s dumb. I might want to go without him some time,’ ” she said. “It’s ironic, because I’m really a raffle nut, but I had totally forgotten I had filled out this slip.”

Winning the laptop turned out to be perfect timing for Bassett, who recently lost her job.

“It was a heartbreaker,” she said. “It was truly a dream job. I thought I was going to be there forever.”

Nonetheless, Bassett hopes to turn bad luck around. “Now I think I want to start my own bookkeeping business,” she said. “This laptop is so timely.”

DON'T Call It a Library

Can we call it a fortress?

First artists sketches of the future George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU from Talking Points Memo. Seven renderings are shown.

Laura Bush says presidential library not intended as a monument

Laura Bush says presidential library not intended as a monument
The design of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU, which will be formally unveiled today, is a showcase for exhibits, not a monument to the 43rd president, former first lady Laura Bush said this week.

University Park prepares for long rezoning debate on Bush library

The Bush Foundation has recently asked University Park officials to rezone land so that it can proceed with plans for the presidential library. As the city prepares to hold hearings and vote on the issue, it appears opposition is expected among some residents worried about traffic and road congestion.

The Future of Presidential Libraries

Congress wants to cut taxpayer costs associated with presidential libraries and archives however, and a new report (PDF) by the National Archives and Records Administration released Wednesday proposed five possible alternatives. It also warned that social networking tools will complicate future presidential record-keeping.

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