Libraries

Free Public Library Rates High in Importance

I\'ve got Good News, and Bad News.
Good News: Business First says the Louisville Free Public Library was ranked by 92.2% as \"very important\". The Study was conducted by Bruce Gale, director of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.
Bad News: However, \"the library ranks behind home-delivered papers and local bookstores as the leading source of reading material and information.\"

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Libraries Get Art from Taxes

The Nando Times reports that libraries and museums in Britain are the beneficiaries of art and books given in lie of estate taxes. So if you had a dirty book from the 1520\'s, you could hand it over as an $85,800 estate tax payment.

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Library\'s Art Display Disturbs Men, Amuses Women

From the Rocky Mountain News...

Carol Ripley, Director of Cultural Programs for the Boulder (CO) Public Library doesn\'t understand what all the fuss is about. \"If it\'s any consolation, from a distance they look like socks hanging on a clothesline.\" She says of an art display being housed in the library. The display, entitled \"Hung Out to Dry\" depicts certain \"men\'s appendages\" being hung from a clothesline. more

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Nashville Public Sees Growth Explosion Since Last Year

It would appear, that when it comes to satisfying the masses, the Nashville (TN) Public Library System has discovered the secret formula. Since the realization of the $115 million building project, which resulted in a new main branch, trhe renovation of three smaller branches, as well as the addition of five new branches, the libraries have seen a huge increase in their circulation, up 41% from last year. In the new main branch alone, the number skyrocketed to 95%. More from The Tennessean.

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Book & Bread Mobile in Davis California

The Davis Enterprise reports that a \"mobile health/literacy resource van\" and a \"Bread and Books/Pan y Libros\" bus are taking to the streets to deliver food and information. The programs were sponsored by a $297,165 grant from the Yolo County Proposition 10 commission. Full story

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The Invisible Library

The Cutest Dog In The World sent along a link to The Invisible Library, which I think we linked already, but I can\'t find it.

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library\'s catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.

Check out The Catalog of books and The Librarian\'s Office

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Valuable books recovered from university fire

Charles Davis passed along This One on some valuable books and scientific equipment feared lost when fire swept through an historic university building have been saved.
Glasgow University had quite a fire, but recovered materials worth thousands of pounds, some of the materials recovered are damp and are being frozen at the university library.
Booksicles!

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A Cathedral of Comfort for Nonbelievers

Bob Cox says The LA Times has a Story on the role of the library in a religion-free life.
The author can\'t turn to god, so he turned to the library for help.

\"When it comes to the library, I\'m orthodox. I relish its quiet and contemplative spaces. Other of its precincts, however, vibrate with a noisy sense of mission--the cultivation of young people, the encouragement of community mindedness--much in keeping, as chief librarian Susan Kent puts it, with a young, teeming city\'s need for \"an energetic place of possibilities.\"

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Library Giving Away House

Here\'s one library that\'s giving away a house for free to the first person who can move it off their newly acquired property. more...

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Iowa First Lady Says Libraries are Taken for Granted

Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack, has launched a campaign to promote libraries and literacy in her state. In two years, she has visited 80 institutions and plans to visit every library in the state of Iowa. According to Vilsack, \"public libraries are an important economic development tool...They are an often taken-for-granted asset, which won\'t be there if we don\'t support them.\" more... from The Dunlap Reporter.

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