Water from leak soaks 8,000 works at Johns Hopkins

Charles Davis writes "A clogged pipe at the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Library sent water seeping
through five floors of historic books, damaging as many as 8,000 volumes from the 17th to
19th centuries, officials said yesterday.
Workers from a New York restoration company rushed to the renowned library on Mount
Vernon Place yesterday to move the books into two 53-foot freezer trucks to be transported to
the company's facility near Rochester. There, they will be subjected to high-technology
freezing processes intended to dry them and undo as much of the water damage as possible.
Company and library officials said that some books, including those with elaborate illustrated
bindings or with hand-written text, could be difficult to restore. But the general manager of the
company, Document Reprocessors, predicted that most of the books would be returned in a
month in good condition.
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Library of toys a huge success

The Brit writes "More News On the new mobile toy library in Dudley, England, that has proved such a success it has welcomed its 100th member after just three months.

Bosses say the library, the first of its kind in the borough, is struggling to meet demand so they hope to expand the service in future if extra funding can be found.

Workers threw a party to celebrate the library's 100th member joining, a two-year-old boy from the Tiny Tots group at Stourbridge Family Centre in School Street, this week.


Biggest library in Middle East to open in Iran

A Very Short Blurb says the National Library and
Archives and Islamic Encyclopedia, expected to be the biggest library in the Middle
East, is currently being constructed in Iran.
The library is being built on a 100,000-square-meter
piece of land and will, hopefully, be inaugurated on February 11,
2004. The library would contain millions of books that
will meet the needs of scholars and researchers both in and out of the


No sex, please: we'd rather have a library

One From Australia Says Australia's most famous red-light district is being forced to clean up its act.
The local railway station is being revamped, a handful of trendy new cocktail bars have opened and a sleek new community centre has been built in the main street -- rather incongruously flanked by the Hot Pink Adult Boutique and a strip club called Love Machine. A gym has also opened, hardly in keeping with the Cross's reputation for hardcore drinking and all night binges. Across the street a vacant shop is going to be turned into a library -- a move Amante says is inappropriate. 'You don't want a 10-year-old girl having to walk past prostitutes every time she wants to take out a book,' he says. 'It just doesn't make sense.'


Closing the Book on an Act of Hate

Gary Deane noticed Closing the book on an act of hate on the Congregation B\'nai Israel library.
Four years after its Sosnick Library was destroyed in an arson attack, the Land Park synagogue has not only replanted its library but also is helping other synagogues expand theirs.


The role of libraries in American life and politics

Sherry writes, "Talk of the Nation aired a piece this week featuring the author of a new book about libraries and their role through history, related to competing cultural and political interests. The show ties this together with a discussion of the Supreme Court internet filtering decision.
The book is entitled Library: An Unquiet History, and is by Michael Battle.
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Libraries urged to carry more comic books

"Comic books deserve a permanent place in public libraries and a legitimate spot in the pantheon of children's literature, says a B.C. librarian who is making the case for this oft-derided art form to an international gathering of the children's book world."

"People think they're easier to read, but they're not," said Kirsten Anderson, who works in the young adult section of the Richmond Public Library. "The word count is high, the language level is just as high.... A comic book is not lowbrow." (from The National Post)


Singapore Sends Noise Police to Libraries

Jessie Blum writes "After telling people how to behave on the Internet and introducing fines for those who don't flush toilets, Singapore now has noise police to keep volumes down in its public libraries.
Lee Siew Hoon, a National Library Board spokeswoman, said Thursday more than 10 people now patrol six of the island's libraries urging users to pipe down and switch off their cell phones as part of a "library etiquette campaign."

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Toy library\'s fate in hands of community

Bad News for the Dargaville Toy Library committee down in New Zealand. The Annual General Meeting of the Toy Library committee produced a disappointing turn out. Its continuation is now in serious doubt.
The toy library is now officially temporarily suspended until the legalities of closing the library are sought from the Toy Library Federation of New Zealand.

Some of the 1000 plus toys are still returnable on Fridays and Mondays at the library\'s base at the Kaipara Community Hall. However, No toys will be issued.


Riding: Just to make sure

Michael McGrorty writes: "I write these words on a piece of paper towel while seated upon the
cracked vinyl of a booth in the furthest corner of the San Ardo Café, which place I
have visited on my journey only because this little town has a functioning
gas station and a place to warm myself from this portion of the morning's ride.



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