Reconstructed Libraries in Massachusetts

teaperson writes "The Boston Globe reports on library construction in Massachusetts, on the occasion of the reopening of the Concord Free Public Library (in the hometown of Thoreau, Emerson, and the Alcotts). That library actually raised all its costs itself, but the state has generously paid for a big chunk of renovations at 40% of libraries in the state in the past decade.

The Concord Journal also has a story with more color about the library but fewer facts."


Nat'l Read Across America Week across LIBs 2/28 to 3/4

Helpful Search Guy notes Libraries, schools join forces for Read Across AmericaWeek.
To celebrate national "Read Across America Week," teachers and librarians are joining forces to encourage children to read and get better acquainted with their local libraries."Read Across America Week" is sponsored by the National Education Association, according to Schwartz, and originally began as one-day celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday for March 2.
The slogan for "Read Across America Week" 2005 is, "Reading is Where it's Hat!" Schwartz said.


Homeless Man Sentenced In Library Attack

Homeless Man Sentenced In Library Attack: Follow up on that sad story in Philadelphia from last year. A 24-year-old homeless man has been sentenced to 35-70 years in prison for the attempted murder and attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl inside a center city Philadelphia library bathroom a year ago.

Prosecutor Deborah Harley says defedant Brian McCutcheon is a sexually violent predator with a history of preying on children.


Police chief leaves gun in library

mdoneil writes "A police chief in Ohio left her gun in her bag at the library. Nothing too exciting happened and she went back to get it. I guess that city does not have too many problem patrons if the cops can go unarmed to the library (well unarmed as in I have to dig my gun out of my purse unarmed).

A link to the article is here ."


Columbus (OH) Metro Library Now Self-Check-Out Only

Porch Geese writes "Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library recently moved to make their self-serve check-out system the only method patrons could use when borrowing materials from their main branch. They haven't fired the circ staff, yet. And they haven't exported that approach to any of the branches, yet, either. But there is a growing number of patrons who are unhappy about the removal of the human touch from their library experience."


The NYPL Home Library System

kmhess writes "Madcow informed us about Kathy Coblentz on Thursday, and her Personal Library.
At at the bottom of the article I just noticed that the NYPL has a 'Home library Kit', written by none other than Ms. Coblentz.

The kit..."addresses such issues as evaluating and organizing a collection, and keeping it in place with bookends and shelves, caring for books, and the art of loaning books so that they'll be returned."

Sounds like the perfect gift for the serious collector with piles of books everywhere!"


West Point library to get upgrade under Bush budget proposal

Good News for the cadets in West Point. The 41-year-old library at the U-S Military Academy at West Point will be getting a makeover if President Bush has his way.
With the help of 25-point-five (m) million dollars contained in Bush's proposed 2006 budget, West Point is planning to expand its library space to seat 950 people and establish wireless connections. The proposal would also add a teacher's development center to the library.


Libraries Acquire Huge Collection Of Science Fiction Fanzines

The University of Iowa Put Out A Press Release on the new collection of more than 250,000 science fiction fanzines. They say "almost overnight has increased its stature as a prominent science fiction research center.""One portion of the collection -- issues of about 3,000 titles -- came very well organized in file cases," said Huttner. "We have prepared a list of those titles that is already available on the Web." The link is on the Libraries' Special Collections home page.


Drive to save Salinas libraries takes off

Monterey County Herald Reports In its first week, Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero's ambitious "Rally Salinas" fund-raising campaign has received a total of $52,230, with the promise of an additional $75,000 in a matching donation once that amount is reached.


Alabama Prison law libraries to get computers for inmates

Anonymous Patron writes "Some Good News for patrons of Alabama's prison libraries. Computers are to be installed in Alabama's prison law libraries and work-release centers to give inmates more timely updates on court rulings, but not access to the Internet and e-mail."As inmates use the computer database system they are becoming more comfortable," she said. The ratio is about one computer to 500 inmates."



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