Stories from Libraries Remember

Here are a couple stories about libraries that were part of the Libraries Remember project, in which some libraries stayed open 24 hours to commemorate 9/11 and to discuss freedom and democracy.

This one is from the State Journal Register in Springfield (IL). This one is from the Daily Herald which covers programming at the Sugar Grove (IL) Public Library where a local pastor addressed those gathered:

"By coming here together today, we're saying that we value peace, we value freedom," said the Rev. Steve Good of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. "We value neighbor helping neighbor, we value helping each other, and we value life itself."

Few Models for Library/Museum Partnerships

In Raleigh (NC) officials are having a difficult time finding examples of library-museum partnerships to look to. Raleigh's Exploris museum, which promotes international understanding, is set to become home to a new branch library, but no one is quite sure what sort of library. This story from the News Observer talks about the few such partnerships across the country, some successful, some not.


No funds impact libraries :

Anonymous Patron writes "No funds impact libraries : Government-owned libraries of national repute like Khudabaksh Oriental Library in Patna, considered as repositories of cultural heritage and serving as reference centres for research scholars, are in dire straits due to paucity of government funds and allocations."


Libraries to stay open all night to remember Sept. 11

Blake writes "Libraries to celebrate democracy and freedom on Sept. 11 Hundreds of libraries, schools and other public places nationwide plan to participate in a Seattle-based project that seeks to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by offering places where people can discuss democracy, citizenship and patriotism.

Rochelle adds: This story talks about two different projects. Libraries Remember is the Open-Your-Library-for-24 hours project, and the September Project is less focused on the events of September 11 and more general in scope."


Rare Books Feared Lost in German Fire

ChuckB writes "From ABC News:

WEIMAR, Germany Sept. 3, 2004 — Thousands of irreplaceable books were feared lost or damaged in a fire at one of Germany's most precious libraries, though some 6,000 historical works including a 1534 Martin Luther Bible were saved by a chain of people who spirited them away from the flames, officials said Friday.
Officials were surveying the damage caused by the Thursday night fire in Weimar's Duchess Anna Amalia Library, housed in a 16th-century rococo-style palace. The fire broke out in a top floor and raged for two hours before firefighters put it out.
The cause is under investigation.



Dog Days @ the Library

The dog days of summer took on a whole new meaning at the David and Joyce Milne Public Library (Williamstown MA)Monday as a dalmatian, a husky, a pomeranian and several yellow Labrador retrievers were among the four-footed patrons that stopped by. The dogs and their owners participated in the library's "Foto Mutt" event, as children's author Elizabeth Winthrop took pictures of them for a "dog and owner look-alike contest." North Adams Transcript has the story.

The photos will be submitted to Henry Holt Books for Young Readers for a fall release promotion of Winthrop's latest children's book, "Dog Show."


Human Chain Moves Last Book to New Library

About 650 people lined up on a two-mile route for a ceremonial move of the last book from the old Tinley Park (IL) Public Library to the new one. The book that made the journey was "The Library," a children's story. Retired Tinley Park librarian Mary Lou Seery who had the honor of being the first in the chain commented

If you think about what a library costs in taxes, it's minimal in comparison to the resources that you get for it. The people who work here are dedicated and work for less money than they could make in the private world. On the whole, I think that libraries are the most important resource we have.

More here from the Daily Southtown.


Office Depot promoting library cards

Walt writes "Library Journal sez Office Depot's doing a nationwide promotion for library cards as "the smartest card."

No, I'm not going to go into a rant about corporate-ALA tie-ups. I think this one's a winner all around. From what I can tell, OD falls in the relative "good guy" category for national chains.

Office Depot's also been doing a considerable good deed in cooperation with HP through this summer's PC-recycling program: I know I was able to get rid of a 17" display and a long-unused PC, without having to pay dumping fees and with the expectation that salvageable parts will be reused."


Libraries in Unlikely Places

Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Christian Science Montior about the growing phenomenon of placing mini libraries in malls. This is about one such library in the Seattle-area King County Library System.

And Bob Cox sends us this one about an informal lending library that's been paired with a hair salon in Columbia, Tennessee. Salon owner Ginger Bryant, a voracious reader, whose clientele prefers book chat over gossip, set up an informal lending library when she relocated to a larger space.

'It's so much better to talk about literature than to talk about people or gossip,' said Bea Curry, a retired Columbia State literature and English teacher. 'And Ginger also keeps up with cultural events, and that keeps us stimulated.'

More from The Tennessean.


Library Says No to Contoversial Program: Must Remain "Neutral"

Here's an editorial from CounterPunch from author Dave Lindorff who tried to arrange for a book signing and discussion at his local library. He received an answer from a librarian who initially declined his offer, saying "we are concerned that a discussion of topics that people feel so passionately about could quickly become inflammatory." The librarian also said that the library needed to remain "neutral." But she did ask for references or contacts for previous libraries where he might have done similar programs, leaving the door open for a program. Lindorff comments

Still, if a librarian is afraid of controversy in a community like mine, one shudders to imagine how her counterparts are handling controversy in really conservative communities in the South or the Midwest.

The title of Lindorff's book? This Can't Be Happening: Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy.



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