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A Gift To the Library, In Memory of Their Daughter

Beth Ann Johnson died in 1988 in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. She was a 21-year old student at Seton Hall College, and even at that young age, a great lover of libraries.

Seventeen years later, Johnson's parents are donating $100,000 in her honor toward a new library in the family's hometown of Scottdale, Westmoreland County (PA). They announced the gift at a gathering yesterday at the little library on Pittsburgh Street.

"We do this to honor Beth's memory, and to benefit this town where our family is so firmly rooted," said Carole Johnson, Beth Ann's mother.

"When I was a kid I was here in the library two or three times a week," said Glenn Johnson Jr., Beth's father. "Beth worked at the library when she was in college. Her grandmother was a librarian, too. We've always had a feeling for the place." Story from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

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Odor-rific Patrons: Stink-In to be Held at Library

Karl Sandwell-Weiss sends "
this story from the Houston Free Press, about the Reverend G. Todd Williams who wants to hold a "stink in" in response to a new anti-odor ordinance in Montrose (TX). "This is an ordinance about hate," Williams says. "And it's got the seal of approval by the city on it."

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Start your own library

This One From Malaysia says those who have been to the library in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, say that its collection is so pathetic they can well believe there is no money for books! British secretary of state Chris Smith describes libraries as “street corner universities�. Why not go one better and have one in your own home? Buy one book a month and in no time, you’ll have amassed quite a collection without having to fork out for a whole lot of books at once.

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Libraries And the Society

Anonymous Patron writes "allAfrica.com has a nice Opinion Piece from Nigeria by Oghenebrume Benjamin.

THE Library, as an agency of education and research, is charged with improving social status of an individual or the community. Acquisition of knowledge depends largely upon reading. It is quite certain that not every reader can afford to purchase all the books he likes to read and as such, has to depend on libraries. Therefore, the library, if it is to achieve its fullest role in the society, is not passively to make books available but actively stimulate the use of the resources. Therefore, the library serves as a vehicle for continuing education for the young and old.

He adds libraries are one of the bold steps towards total eradication of illiteracy, poverty, and ignorance in our society."

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Library Building (un)fit for Patrons

shambolic57 writes "That age old question- should library buildings be designed for the needs of patrons , or for something else perhaps? (Like architectural awards?) is raised in this tongue in cheek commentary. Unfortunately I can't comment as I have yet to visit , but it is on my "to do" list for when I am next passing through the new

City of Sydney (Australia) library."

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Listen To Nature, Thanks To the British Library

Want to listen to a skylark sing, Japanese silk worms making silk (sounds alot like rain on the roof), and a bumble bee buzz?

Go to the British Library's nature sounds archive a new, cool site where you can listen to these animals and many more. Great section too of birdsong , including Alex the talking parrot .

Thanks to Managing Information who directed us to the site.

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BCC caught in library cesspool

I'm not really sure what This Times of India articles means, but it doesn't sound good. What happened to the 6 per cent library cess that citizens have dutifully been paying up? The amount is rusting in BCC’s coffers. The fact is: BCC owes the department of public libraries, cesses amounting to Rs 24 crore. Arrears have apparently not been paid for the last five years. Which means the five zonal city central libraries and 85 branch libraries have not seen the entire corpus due to them.

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Harry Potter books cast healing magic for book six

State: Harry Potter books cast healing magic Now, Julia's essay is taking her to London for the release of the sixth book in Rowling's series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . Julia is one of 10 fans ages 9 to 17 nationwide chosen to make the trip after writing about why they loved reading about the boy wizard.

Julia's essay was chosen from more than 8,000 entries in the contest, sponsored by Scholastic books. A combination of the joy she took in reading and the sadness of her sister's death caught judges' attention.

"They built a wonderful bond over these books," Scholastic spokesman Kyle Good said. "Also the books have inspired her to be a writer. Her talents as a budding young writer really came through."

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Fill out a survey, help Book Aid

Help the European Library find out what works on their new website and what doesn't. For every completed questionnaire, they'll donate 2 euros to Book Aid International. Since the survey is about the "search experience," they ask that you conduct a few searches before you fill out the survey. (via)

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Australian Libraries being affected by amalgamations

News From New South Wales where the president of the New South Wales Shires Association says regional libraries have become a casualty of the State Government's amalgamation campaign.

The Clarence Valley regional library, on the state's north coast, says it will lose $33,000 because of the amalgamation of its four former councils.

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