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After being forced to close in 1997 due to structural damage caused from decades of neglect, the Carnegie Library in Savannah, GA will again resume operations, but not without a heated controversy. The libary will name a wing after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The decision came after a considerable donation was made by a friend of Thomas\'. more... from The Savannah Morning News.
Some folks in Coeur d\'Alene, Idaho are battling it out over the proposed location of a new library building. An attorney is complaining that the location of the new building will ruin her view (life should be so tough) and cause the firm to lose money. The firm is also saying that construction of the controversial building may force them to move their offices. When the mayor asked the attorney why she never attended any of the other four public forums which had been held previously for citizens to voice their opinions, her response was, \"I\'m here now.\" I wonder if this means she won\'t be applying for a library card? more... from The Spokesman Review.
With an annual operating budget of only $250.00, a set of encyclopedias that were printed when Jimmy Carter was in office, and a handful of volunteers to run it part-time until the weather gets too cold to man the unheated building, the people of Deering, NH are quite proud of their library. more... from The Concord Monitor.
The folks in Freeport (IL) are still scrounging for dollars to fund the new library. The battle of wits between the city council, library board members, the mayor, and joe citizen is ongoing. The latest proposal is to use money from the landfill, which is to close next year. They have now hired a consulting firm, at a fee not to exceed
$12,000. One would assume that if they could all pull their acts together, they could save the 12G and put it toward the library project. Politics. Ya gotta love \'em. more...
For The Southern Illinoisan, Jim Muir writes...
\"Retired educator Patricia Horn will see a longtime dream become a reality today when the Royalton Public Library opens for business. Horn, who is president of the library board, can hardly contain her enthusiasm when she speaks of next week\'s grand opening. The battle to obtain a new building has not been without its struggles and setbacks and the fight to get a new library has taken nearly two decades. The first library was actually no more than a reading center, which was opened in 1981 and located in a classroom of the old Royalton School. \"All of our books were donated and the librarians all worked on strictly a volunteer basis,\" Horn said. \"more...
In an editorial for the Christian Science Monitor, Joan Silverman says search engines are inefficient but fast and convenient. But: \"There is no search engine that provides the scent and texture of a library.\" Her praise for the sense of community libraries provide is welcome, but it\'s more than a little troubling that a professional writer is doing her research using search engines instead of the library.
Charles Davis writes \"An internet archive of government papers dating
back to 1688 has been launched by the British
Library and 10 universities.
BOPCRIS, a site with 23,000 official documents,
offers insights into the processes of officialdom and
shows how little some things have changed.
A report to the Commons in 1718 warns of a
hackney carriage gridlock in Westminster. Another,
from the 1920s, recommends a farmers\' insurance
scheme against foot and mouth. The site address is
Bob Cox sent along news of another library cat stiring up trouble. This time it\'s Madeline a former stray cat who called the Loutit District Library in Michigan home until complaints from some patrons prompted her removal in late July.
The problem with Madeline is the allergic reactions some patrons say she has caused.
I just can\'t believe this doesn\'t happen more often.
\"I certainly think the cat has been a benefit to the library,\" Library Director Char Zoet told the Grand Haven Daily Tribune. \"I feel badly about it if it has caused a problem for some people.\"
For The Star Tribune, James Lileks writes...
\"When it comes to column topics, surveys show that there\'s nothing like \"library design\" to send casual readers running to the obituary page for comic relief. Sorry, but since the topic of a new Minneapolis library is in the news, I\'m bound by duty to run your letters and hammer my points home with my patented blend of tendentious exaggeration and high-handed disdain. Ready? Take a seat, do not fidget, and let\'s begin.\" more...
Under intense scrutiny and controversy over how it\'s being funded and also the fact that they are literally stealing some guy\'s land in order to build it, it looks like construction will definitely begin on Willy\'s library. Some people can fall into it and come out smelling like a rose every time. more... from The Nando Times. and here\'s still more from The New York Times. but don\'t forget your free subscription.