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Libraries for teen mothers

North Kansas City High School provides a Teen Mothers Program through a partnership with First Baptist Church. "The Hive" daycare for the children of the teen moms participates once a month in story time at the public library.

The partnership continues the city's drive to tie community and schools together by further cementing the link between them and the children of these students. It attempts to help these young mothers develop an age-appropriate library for their children. Read more.

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Nudist Library in Florida Celebrates 25th Anniversary As Literary Treasure

Gary Price writes

It doesn’t appear in travel guides or lists of offbeat destinations, but with books, magazines and other literary treasures dating back to the beginning of modern nudism, the American Nudist Research Library (ANRL) has been visited by scholars and historians from around the world. And, in 2004, nude recreation enthusiasts are urged to visit, as the ANRL Library celebrates its 25th anniversary at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Kissimmee, Florida with a year of special events and activities. Read the full story here.

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The Coming Great Divide?

TomeBoy pointed the way to Barbara Quint's Column in which she says combination of forces is putting pressure on the information profession. Oddly enough, one of the pressure points is ourselves and our "Open Access" movement.

"So what does this all mean? Fewer, Better Libraries run by Fewer, Better Librarians. And what about the rest of the profession? Where do they go for employment? Do they retreat to battle lines against the oncoming forces? Do they cling to children's reading rooms? Do they end up penning anti-digital diatribes for publication in print issues of the Flat World Monthly?"

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New Seattle Central Library on Cutting Edge

Anonymous Patron sends "another story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about their snazzy new Central Library, apparently, quite a point of civic pride. I imagine lots of PLA attendees will get to ooh and aah over it this week, as thousands of public librarians converge for their biennial summit. (Tell Sherman A. I said hi and sorry I missed him.)"

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Church's ancient Lambeth library faces cuts

An Anonymous Patron writes "A Story on one of the country's oldest libraries, which has on display the gloves Charles I wore to his execution, faces cuts as part of Church of England reforms.

The Church Commissioners have alarmed scholars by launching a review of the Lambeth Palace library, which dates from 1610 and contains 200,000 books and documents mainly relating to the Anglican Church."

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Libraries need relationship marketing

This interesting article by Larry X. Besant and Deborah Sharp starts with the interesting line "What do libraries have in common with John Deere tractors, Mary Kay cosmetics, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and Prada haute couture?"

The article discusses what relationship marketing is, and how libraries can benefit from introducing this concept into their work arena. Read the full story here.

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Librarians Protect the Sports Illustrated "Girls"

Here's a story from the Daily Herald (suburban Chicago) about the big February challenge in libraries across the country: Keeping the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition unadulterated and available.

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Events management in libraries

Library professionals are realising that the library's role is changing as society changes, particularly with the advance of technology. Many view the library as either unnecessary or less-than-exciting, if it's even on their minds at all. Library professionals need to create support, combat old stereotypes, and present the library as a dynamic community resource for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Is this the case? What can be done? Read the full story here and have your say!

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Robot Librarians

Steven M. Cohen, Steffers and anon all submitted this "Yahoo! News story about a robot Librarian being pressed into service at Valparaiso (IN) University." And I found another, older story from EContentMag.com about using robots in libraries. And, last but not least, some goofy fantasizing about all the things a robot librarian might be able to do from a Google Groups discussion circa 1999. (thanks Jessamyn).

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Mr Darcy seeks his Elizabeth for happy ending

Charles Davis writes "This week the
British Library's first
ever singles night -
called "Mingle" -
caught the eye of
more than 100 men
hoping to meet
bright, bookish
women at a private
view of some of the
collection's more
romantic
manuscripts.
Story at
the Telegraph. More at
British Library Mingle"

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