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Some might call today a sad day that the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the announcement is made about which five branches will get the axe. Library advocates aren\'t giving up. They\'ve vowed to fight the battle royal if necessary.[more...] from SunSpot.
Cementing my reputation as the tabloid editor of library news, here\'s a story from Ananova about a couple who got caught in flagrante in the men\'s toilets at the British Library. This story includes some classic quotes from the library spokesperson:
\"A couple were apprehended in what could be described as a high state of excitation in a cubicle of the men\'s toilets... [They] were already in the throes of an exchange about philosophical matters, judging by the cries emanating from the cubicle.\"
There is clearly a rift between residents in Freeport, IL over funding a new library. The mayor of Freeport openly supports the building of a new library, while it seems a large number of residents are questioning the need. So far, it looks as though they might get about 1/2 of the original funding request, and possibly less if some residents get their way. The first part of the project to disappear would be the building\'s planned second story. Proponents of the new facility feel that the community needs to show support. The community has other ideas about how the money should be spent. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
For The Charleston, (WV) Daily Mail, Dan Forinash writes...
\"In one episode of \"Seinfeld,\" an investigator tracks down Jerry Seinfeld for having a long overdue library book.
In Grafton, WV reality is mirroring television, but for residents with outstanding library books, reality might not be as funny. Fines, enticements, even police arrests used to gain return of overdue books.\" [more...]
It is the largest library of its kind in the world. It\'s so
busy that the U.S. Postal Service has assigned the
library its own ZIP code. The library covers
89,160-square feet, has a combined collection of more
than 2.1 million copies of books in Braille and on tape,
and a circulation of more than 1 million per year.
From The South Idaho Press, Renee Wells writes,
\"What the Rupert DeMary Library and the Burley Municipal Library (Heyburn, ID) have combined to create is what library leaders would like to see happen nationwide. Robin Cabot, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in Washington, D.C., visited with committee members about their efforts in promoting the proposed Magic Sage Library District. Cabot praised the committee for its promotion efforts, but his real excitement was generated by the efforts the committee has put forth in writing an exemplary grant and administering it in such a way as to become a pattern for libraries nationwide to follow. Asked by Committee Chairperson Kathleen Hedberg why Congress was so willing to appropriate money for such a project, Cabot said the Mini-Cassia effort is a excellent example of how library districts should operate.\"
\"America\'s Library (www.americaslibrary.gov), the Library\'s Web site for children and families, has handled more than 100 million \"hits\" since its April 2000 debut. \"This milestone is a testimony to the Web site\'s appeal to both children and families,\" said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. \"With its colorful, interactive elements, America\'s Library has been instrumental in making the Library\'s collections more accessible to people of all ages.\" To visit the site, Click Here.
Mary Jane passed along this mlive.com Story on another guy being arrested for over due books, this time it was \"Green Eggs and Ham\". Maybe I need to add a new \"Library Arrests\" topic?
\"Overall it\'s kind of odd that you would arrest someone for not returning library books,\" Ann Arbor polic officer Mark Raab said, \"But I guess the library has to do what it has to do to get its books back.\"
Here\'s another great story about libraries doing something unique for the community from The Columbus, (OH) Dispatch. Through some special funding, the Athens County, OH libraries are able to provide kids with nutritious meals throughout the summer. The program is a sort of spin off of the federal school lunch program for disadvantaged children. \"When school\'s out and the children don\'t have those meals, where do they go? There really is a substantial need,\" said Cecilia Torok, who coordinates the federal education program. [more...]