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The role of libraries in American life and politics

Sherry writes, "Talk of the Nation aired a piece this week featuring the author of a new book about libraries and their role through history, related to competing cultural and political interests. The show ties this together with a discussion of the Supreme Court internet filtering decision.
The book is entitled Library: An Unquiet History, and is by Michael Battle.
Real audio at NPR for the rest of it.

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Libraries urged to carry more comic books

"Comic books deserve a permanent place in public libraries and a legitimate spot in the pantheon of children's literature, says a B.C. librarian who is making the case for this oft-derided art form to an international gathering of the children's book world."

"People think they're easier to read, but they're not," said Kirsten Anderson, who works in the young adult section of the Richmond Public Library. "The word count is high, the language level is just as high.... A comic book is not lowbrow." (from The National Post)

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Singapore Sends Noise Police to Libraries

Jessie Blum writes "After telling people how to behave on the Internet and introducing fines for those who don't flush toilets, Singapore now has noise police to keep volumes down in its public libraries.
Lee Siew Hoon, a National Library Board spokeswoman, said Thursday more than 10 people now patrol six of the island's libraries urging users to pipe down and switch off their cell phones as part of a "library etiquette campaign."

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Toy library\'s fate in hands of community

Bad News for the Dargaville Toy Library committee down in New Zealand. The Annual General Meeting of the Toy Library committee produced a disappointing turn out. Its continuation is now in serious doubt.
The toy library is now officially temporarily suspended until the legalities of closing the library are sought from the Toy Library Federation of New Zealand.

Some of the 1000 plus toys are still returnable on Fridays and Mondays at the library\'s base at the Kaipara Community Hall. However, No toys will be issued.

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Riding: Just to make sure

Michael McGrorty writes: "I write these words on a piece of paper towel while seated upon the
cracked vinyl of a booth in the furthest corner of the San Ardo Café, which place I
have visited on my journey only because this little town has a functioning
gas station and a place to warm myself from this portion of the morning's ride.

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John Rylands library to open a new chapter

Charles Davis writes "The task of packing away one of the world's most
important collections of rare manuscripts and books is about to start, as the John Rylands Library, in Manchester embarks upon a £15 million restoration.
Scores of librarians and specialist removal teams are expected to take three months to remove more than a million exhibits, including the St John Fragment, the oldest surviving piece of the New Testament.
The collections will be rehoused until the library, which was built in the 1890s as a memorial to John Rylands, the most prominent of Manchester's cotton merchants, is reopened in 2005.
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The telegraph.co.uk "

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Toy library made a charity

Joanne writes "The Waterford Observer has a short piece on a toy library in Three Rivers England that has been granted charitable status.
They say Rickmansworth Toy Library, located at the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) Project Centre in Bury Lane, was originally established by the WRVS, with funding from Three Rivers District Council and Children In Need. It has now been made an independent charity, with funding from the WRVS for its first year.

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Mitch Freedman is healthy - see him on CBS News

Steve Fesenmaier passed along word from Mitch Freedman that:
A. His heart is normal, and as a pumping device it is working especially well.
B. He's going to Toronto.
C. He did an interview at the Bedford Hills
(NY) Free Library regarding CIPA. It should appear on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, tonight or tomorrow night. His remarks will be contrasted with those of
someone who approves of CIPA.

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Needles, haystacks and Web searches

"Over the years we've searched the Internet together: You at home on Sunday mornings reading this column, me at work trying to find the best on the Web. And you would think that after years of growth, of watching the Web expand from a few hundred thousand sites to more than 3 billion, that searching would have gotten easier. That someone or some corporation would have figured out a way to index the Internet in a way that makes sense."

"But it hasn't happened. Not yet. There is no such thing as an Internet librarian that you can turn to for a comprehensive, intelligent search."

"We have search engines, links sites, Web rings and columns such as this one recommending particular sites. But the Net is not like the Atlantic or Ocean County libraries."

"On the Internet, there's no desk to walk up to, no one to tap on the shoulder. Ocean County does have some cool things, like live online help as well as a homework help line. But it's not the same. (from Press of Atlantic City)

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Tool Library In The Works

Lee Hadden writes "
"The library is exactly what its name implies, a place where patrons go not
for books or reference materials, but for implements of home repair and
beautification. Although a few cities across the country have similar
projects, this one may be unique in the Washington area. And where else but
Takoma Park, a nuclear-free municipality with its own food co-op, corn silo
and perpetually left-of-center attitudes?"

Read more about it at:
The Washington Post "

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