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Sex and Sexual Assaults in NC Public Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "The main branch of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has had at least five reports of people engaged in sexual activity amid the bookshelves or bathroom stalls there this year.

Some involved minors, according to police records and library officials. The reports ranged from a 16-year-old boy being fondled in August by a stranger in a bathroom to a couple engaged in a sex act in the library's Carolinas history room.

Before adding the new cameras, the library had 32 incidents of various types reported between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, Rouse said.

In the three weeks since the cameras were added, the number dropped to five, she said.

However, as recently as Tuesday, a man and a woman were caught engaged in sexual activity in a women's bathroom.

Read all about it at: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/986507 1.htm"

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The New Carnegie Library

mdbodie writes "Of course, we all know that libraries are getting hipper by the year, but it's always nice to have the media take notice. NPR's Morning Edition (audio download) takes a look at the newest library to join the ranks, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."

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Letter in Library Book Provides New Evidence

    More news on the "I found it in a library book" front.

As his lawyer has already told the court, Godfrey Miller is not guilty of the murder of Richard Atkins Jr., and the letter found in a Mount Airy MD library book is proof.

Reviewing new evidence in the case, prosecutors received an unsigned letter that a Frederick man found tucked in a library book checked out from a Mount Airy branch over the summer. In the letter, the writer gives an account of the killing, Barnes said, pointing the finger at a woman already being held on a different case.
The whole story from the WBAL Channel.

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RFID Tags Pro and Con

Here's another RFID article, this one from the Christian Science Monitor. It's a pretty balanced overview of what RFID offers libraries and potential privacy risks.

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Save and Burn - new feature doc on libraries

InfoWhale writes "Julian Samuel of Montreal has made a very interesting film about libraries, and what they mean now during the Age of Terror. He interviews leading British and Irish library historians, takes you on a tour of the new Alexandrine Library, and shows the destruction of libraries in Palestine and Iraq.
http://www.counterpunch.org/fesenmaier10022004.htm l"

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Centennial for Tucker Free Library

Decked out in a turn of the (20th) century gown, hat, and long gloves, librarian Betty Rood was among one of many staffers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Henniker's (NH) Tucker Library this past weekend.

Although several attempts to start a town library failed before 1904, things finally pulled together when a resident of nearby Bradford, George Tucker, took matters in hand and donated the funds for the books, and another resident, Henry Emerson, donated a parcel of land.
The rest...shall we say...is history.

From the Concord Monitor .

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Stories from Libraries Remember

Here are a couple stories about libraries that were part of the Libraries Remember project, in which some libraries stayed open 24 hours to commemorate 9/11 and to discuss freedom and democracy.

This one is from the State Journal Register in Springfield (IL). This one is from the Daily Herald which covers programming at the Sugar Grove (IL) Public Library where a local pastor addressed those gathered:

"By coming here together today, we're saying that we value peace, we value freedom," said the Rev. Steve Good of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. "We value neighbor helping neighbor, we value helping each other, and we value life itself."
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Few Models for Library/Museum Partnerships

In Raleigh (NC) officials are having a difficult time finding examples of library-museum partnerships to look to. Raleigh's Exploris museum, which promotes international understanding, is set to become home to a new branch library, but no one is quite sure what sort of library. This story from the News Observer talks about the few such partnerships across the country, some successful, some not.

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No funds impact libraries : HindustanTimes.com

Anonymous Patron writes "No funds impact libraries : HindustanTimes.com Government-owned libraries of national repute like Khudabaksh Oriental Library in Patna, considered as repositories of cultural heritage and serving as reference centres for research scholars, are in dire straits due to paucity of government funds and allocations."

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Libraries to stay open all night to remember Sept. 11

Blake writes "Libraries to celebrate democracy and freedom on Sept. 11 Hundreds of libraries, schools and other public places nationwide plan to participate in a Seattle-based project that seeks to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by offering places where people can discuss democracy, citizenship and patriotism.

Rochelle adds: This story talks about two different projects. Libraries Remember is the Open-Your-Library-for-24 hours project, and the September Project is less focused on the events of September 11 and more general in scope."

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