Fire Forces Library Closure

The Lucedale (MS) Public Library will be closed indefinitely after a fire Sunday afternoon left the computer lab damaged and spread soot and ashes over 75 percent of the building.

The blaze apparently started in the computer lab, where one computer was destroyed and the room had heavy smoke damage. No books or other equipment was burned in the recently renovated library. Read More.


Library in Billings Reopens Amidst Teamsters Strike

The employees of the Parmly Billings Library in Montana are on strike with other city Teamster employees. The Billings Gazette has story about how the library has reopened for the first time in a week with a skeleton staff. Patrons are relieved to have access to the library, while those who choose to not cross the picket line will have fines waived.


El Paso (TX) County Library Set to Close

Situated on the outskirts of a town that was recently ranked last on a list ranking cities' literacy, the Fabens Library in El Paso (TX) is set to close in September due to lack of funds.

County Commissioners voted on August 5th to cut the Fabens County Library out of the budget. This means the library will no longer receive County funding starting September 30th.

Resident Raul Vega is considering moving because, he said, "...we need a library to acquire knowledge. That's the only way of living." A county librarian said she was looking at alternate funding to keep the library open, but had nothing definite at this time. More from


Arson Inquiry After Library Fire

A fire which destroyed the library in Ramsgate (UK) is being treated as arson, Kent Police said on Sunday. Another blaze at the register office just before 1000 BST on Sunday is also being treated as suspicious. Police say it may be linked to the library fire. Thousands of books, several paintings and historic artefacts were lost in the blaze at the Victorian library building which started late on Friday. Read all about it.


NYC's Library for the Blind in the News

Anonymous Patron writes " is Covering The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York City's library for the blind, that serves 14,000 members. The library also serves those blind since birth and those with learning disabilities. The library houses about 400,000 "talking books," and distributes between 1,000 and 2,000 audiocassettes daily through the U.S. Postal Service.

Other services include descriptive videos, which are commercial videos with narration, and adaptive technologies enabling the visually impaired to surf the Internet."


The library where pub rock is a part of history

Steven M. Cohen spotted a Nifty One on the new Mortlock library. The Mortlock Library of South Australia, as the Jervois Wing of the State Library had been known since its 1986 restoration, is now the Mortlock Wing and instead of a library it has 11 exhibitions of South Australiana.

"It's the best collection of South Australiana in the world," insists Andrew Piper, manager of the collection specialists who have put together more than 1000 items for the Mortlock exhibitions.


Inmate found hanged in jail library

Anonymous Patron writes "Icky Sad Story from Georgia where Authorities are investigating the apparent hanging of a Henry County Jail inmate whose body was found in the jail library.
she was not under suicide watch because she was on medication and recently received psychiatric treatment."


Stop the Press: One library has no duplicates in CD settlement

At least one library is thrilled with its allotment of free CDs. The Winona Public Library (WI) received 45-50 CDs, with no duplicates. Librarian Robin Youngerman characterized the windfall as "a really diverse collection." More gripes and praises from other Wisconsin libraries at the Winona Daily News.


Sink Hole Appears in Lawn of Wisc. Dells Library

The Kilbourn Library in the Wisconsin Dells has drawn lots of visitors lately. Folks are coming not for the books and internet access, though, but for the huge sink-hole that suddenly appeared in the library's lawn. According to Mike Horkan, Public Works Director,

It is more of a washout...because its cause stems from a box culvert failure and not a natural phenomenon. He estimated the hole to be 25 feet deep with a 20-foot circumference. About 15 truckloads of sand, soil and clay were washed into the Wisconsin River.

While Kilbourn librarian Cathy Borck is not concerned about the hole spreading, neighbors are a bit nervous. More from the Portage Daily Register.


Increasing Diversity of the Queens Library Collection

Gayle Snible writes "It's great to see a local paper talking about a library's collection as a news story. Hurray, Daily News! More on how the Queens Borough library is serving its Thai and Philippino residents from the New York Daily news."



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