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From The Times Union, Douglas Filaroski writes...
\"A coffee shop with latte and cappuccino. Big overstuffed chairs near the John Grisham novels. Internet portals for laptops. Walls of artwork. This is not the newest trendy cafe, or one of those warehouse bookstores. This is today\'s modern public library, in this case a 300,000-square-foot building in Nashville, Tenn., that is part museum, part cafe, computer center, conference hall, theater and a place to borrow books.\" [more...]
After suffering through what Director Herb Elish describes as \"nearly a century of neglect,\" the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh is kicking off a $76 million capital campaign to renovate 19 facilities. One necessary area of improvement is compliance with ADA standards. [more...] from The Pittsburgh Business Times.
I can remember my first visit to a law library. I was amazed at how how voluminous everything seemed (bad pun). Well, not anymore. This library is going bookless. They recently auctioned off their books and shelving for pennies on the dollar and will be relocating to a more suitable location on the fourth floor where there will be a computer, printer and a few books in a small room.
I wonder what they\'ll do with all that space. [more...] from St. Joseph News.
As has been reported here, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD has been forced to close five of its branches. The announcement came yesterday on which five are to get the axe on September 1 of this year. The collections from each branch will be divided up among local schools and other community organizations. [more...] from SunSpot.
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch on Tuesday reached a legal settlement with exhibitors of a gay pride display at the Z.J. Loussac Library, cutting short a court battle and agreeing to pay $10,000 of the exhibitors\' attorney\'s fees. The agreement brings to an end a more than month-long struggle over a gay pride exhibit at the library, but it doesn\'t resolve a larger question of what kind of displays from outside the library will be held there in the future. A temporary city ban on exhibits from outside the library will continue for now, Wuerch said. That means a six-city exhibit of Appalachian photographs and other arts and crafts will remain unassembled. It was supposed to be on display for about two months, beginning Monday. I\'m convinced we did what was right for the citizens of Anchorage, Wuerch said from his home Tuesday evening. The judge has made his ruling, and we\'ll comply with the judge\'s ruling. There\'s no debate. [more...]
Is it me or does this seem to be happening quite a bit lately? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that \"In an informal poll of the City Council on Monday, aldermen voted 8-4 to reject the Library Board\'s recommendation that an $18 million, 80,000-square-foot facility be built on the site of the current library.\" They won\'t be talking about a new facility for awhile. [more...]
Some might call today a sad day that the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the announcement is made about which five branches will get the axe. Library advocates aren\'t giving up. They\'ve vowed to fight the battle royal if necessary.[more...] from SunSpot.
Cementing my reputation as the tabloid editor of library news, here\'s a story from Ananova about a couple who got caught in flagrante in the men\'s toilets at the British Library. This story includes some classic quotes from the library spokesperson:
\"A couple were apprehended in what could be described as a high state of excitation in a cubicle of the men\'s toilets... [They] were already in the throes of an exchange about philosophical matters, judging by the cries emanating from the cubicle.\"
There is clearly a rift between residents in Freeport, IL over funding a new library. The mayor of Freeport openly supports the building of a new library, while it seems a large number of residents are questioning the need. So far, it looks as though they might get about 1/2 of the original funding request, and possibly less if some residents get their way. The first part of the project to disappear would be the building\'s planned second story. Proponents of the new facility feel that the community needs to show support. The community has other ideas about how the money should be spent. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
For The Charleston, (WV) Daily Mail, Dan Forinash writes...
\"In one episode of \"Seinfeld,\" an investigator tracks down Jerry Seinfeld for having a long overdue library book.
In Grafton, WV reality is mirroring television, but for residents with outstanding library books, reality might not be as funny. Fines, enticements, even police arrests used to gain return of overdue books.\" [more...]