Libraries

Everyone Can Contribute to Building a Library

From The Journal Standard (Freeport, IL)

The folks in Freeport are putting their heads and their money together to held fund the building of a new library. Some are using their federal income tax cut money. Even the kids are getting involved, as one class at the local high school takes up the cause as part of a class. Isn\'t it great when commuinities really pull together to meet a common goal? [more...]

Retired Collection Agent Returns 70-Year Overdue Book

From The San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Rubenstein writes...

\"It took 70 years, but the Enea family finally returned its overdue book to the San Francisco library. Librarians, who rarely get excited, said yesterday that they were very excited to have it. \"This,\" said librarian Dennis Maness, cradling the slim brown volume, \"is a resource that belongs to the people.\" It was in 1931 that \"Vale and Other Poems,\" by George Russell, was checked out from the library. Since then, the collection of two dozen poems has resided on the bookshelf of Vincent Enea, a 78-year-old retired collection agent.\" At least he was honest...[more...]

Library Criticized for Building Plans

The Freeport Public Library is undergoing some major changes. People are complaining because the new library will have a meeting room and a coffee shop. The coffee shop was requested by patrons and a meeting room is always something that can benefit the library and the community. I guess ya just can\'t please some people. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
And, here\'s even more.

Library Helps Restore Respectful Image of Ultimate Urban Horror

Ravaged with drugs and gang shootings, this community received national attention, including being demoralized by former President Clinton after a three-year-old girl was shot to death. Now, as part of an ongoing effort to improve the community and shed the image of what some have called \"the ultimate urban horror,\" they\'re building a library. [more...] from The L.A. Times.

We Want a Library

Jennifer Lin writes...

\"The complaint from Center City neighbors on the east side of town was loud and persistent: We want a library.

Ever since the Free Library of Philadelphia closed the Mercantile Branch at 11th and Chestnut Streets in 1989, the swath of neighborhoods to the east of City Hall had had no library to call its own.\" [more...] from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A history of the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is celebrating its first 100 years with this beautifully designed site, Our Nation\'s Album. It chronicles the whole development of the library over the last century and has a nifty little timeline of major events running along the bottom of the screen. Worth a look.

Clinton Presidential Library News

While Eugene Pfeifer III goes to the Arkansas Supreme Court to try to stop the city of Little Rock from seizing his land to build the Clinton Presidential Liebrary, WJC himself is reviewing building plans. [more...] from The Nando Times. from the [still more...] from The LA Times. For a humorous, opinionated, biased, yet satirical look at the situation, Click on this one(may be offensive to some).

Blake adds, See Also story on Richard Nixon\'s presidential library in Yorba Linda, CA.

Millionaires love libraries!

If you ever wondered what happened to the money won by the already-rich and famous on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then you might be pleased to find out that Drew Carey set up a library fund with his winnings. See the full heart-warming story on Cleveland.com.
On the same theme, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has this story on a San Francisco millionaire who has left half his estate ($1.5 million) to two libraries in Hawaii.

Jailbird vs. Bookworm

Someone passed along This Story on a man that got arrested for overdue library books from a Marshall library.

Two romance novels he\'d checked out were due in February of 1999. They told him he had to post $100 bail immediately or go to jail. Mapleton Police Chief Richard Swartz confirmed that. Perhaps this took things a little too far?

\"I told that judge this was a joke and he agreed with me,\" Anderson said. \"How much did it cost to send those cops to my house, to have me come to court and to waste that judge\'s time listening to my case? Sure, the library got their $69 back, but how much did the taxpayers have to pay for it?\"

Libraries, as Sanctuaries of the Written Word in Various Forms

James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.

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