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Freed librarian greeted in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Daily
News
has a follow up on Yongyi Song\'s
arrival in the US.

After 183 days in a Beijing detention cell and 36
sleepless hours since his release, Yongyi Song arrived in
Philadelphia yesterday and told an awaiting crowd at the
airport, \"I\'m home now.\"
The usually mild-mannered librarian from Dickinson College
was animated, angry and unbowed as he steadfastly refuted
charges by the Chinese government that he was a confessed
spy.
Song denied statements made by the Chinese Embassy in
Washington on Friday that he was released because he had
admitted stealing sensitive documents. He also denied that
he had turned over to Chinese police the names of

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Librarian almost home

It looks like Song Yongyi is almost home, according to the BBC in this short Update

The US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.

The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.

Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.

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Librarians support Clintons proposal.

The ALA has come out in support of US President Bill
Clintons proposal on after school and education
initiatives Read the release HERE

\"The nation\'s
librarians welcome the opportunity to enhance learning
opportunities
for kids through an expanded role in afterschool and
education
initiatives outlined by President Bill Clinton in his State
of the Union address Jan. 27.
Clinton called on Congress to double funding for afterschool
programs to $1 bill

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100-year-old KS Librarian keeps dust off the floor

Anonymous Patron writes "LJWorld.com has one on Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, librarian at at the Coal Creek Library in Kansas, far the past 80 years. just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away at the state's oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument to the small community of Vinland up and running. It's good to be back here, she says. For the past two weeks, the summer heat has cooked the small library, forced hot air through the tiny room's seven narrow windows."

She lived to be 108! Obituary for Martha Cutter Kelley Smith

After graduation she worked two years at the Lawrence Public Library. After that she returned to help farm on the family farm for the next seventeen years since her father had no sons. While doing this she helped out at the Coal Creek Library in Vinland as a Librarian. She continued to volunteer for the remainder of her life at the Coal Creek Library as long as she was able. In 2002 she was honored at an Awards Banquet as the oldest female worker in the State of Kansas.

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KY State Librarian's Plans a Mystery

Anonymous Patron writes "Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) has a nice report on Jim Nelson commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, is Kentucky's longest-serving state librarian. Governor John Y. Brown appointed him in 1980 to the state post, which provides leadership and support to libraries statewide. This month, after 26 years of service to the Frankfort-based office, Nelson will retire and begin a career writing mystery novels. A public reception in his honor will be from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 in the lobby of the KDLA building."

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