Comic books already big in French libraries

A story on NPR\'s Morning Edition this morning profiled the world\'s largest comic book convention*, just wrapping up today in the city of Angouleme, France. Reporter Frank Browning says that schoolchildren are let out for the festival, and mentions that many librarians visit the show as well. He even says that, on some days, the only books checked out at Angouleme libraries are comic books! The public library system there has a special collection of comic book materials, a partner to the Musèe de la Bande Dessinée* (Comic Book Museum) run by the French government\'s Centre National de la Bande Dessinée et de l\'Illustration (National Center of Comic Books and Illustration).

Somehow I doubt that this kind of recognition will be hitting the comics world Stateside anytime soon.

*These links are entirely in French. If you have unfiltered Internet access, you can see roughly translated versions using Google\'s language tools.

Most Botswana school libraries have nothing to read

A Sad Story from Botswana, where most school libraries have nothing to read. They celebrated International School Library Day in Ghanzi this week.

Egypt Opens New Library of Alexandria

Yet Another Story on the Great Library of Alexandria, this one from National Geographic doesn\'t break any new information, but does have a really nice picture. Here\'s Another.
You can also read Address of president Mubarak inaugurating Bibliotheca Alexandria.

\"Maintaining intercultural dialogue and interaction is the only rational way to eliminate violence and tension and build bridges among peoples using knowledge and peaceful coexistence as common bases of communication.\"

Alexandria Library Opens Despite Controversy

From CNN...

\"About 3,000 dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend Wednesday\'s opening of the \"Bibliotheca Alexandrina,\" whose ancient roots go back more than 2,000 years. Critics say the project amounts to an expensive gimmick which does little to improve education in a developing country of 68 million. Alexandrians think the library, the result of a $200 million, 20-year old project backed by the UNESCO and many countries, could do a lot to revive the fortunes of the city that houses one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.\" Read More.

Bare shelves mar return of Egypt\'s glory

Charles Davis contributes this Guardian story:

\"A scholarly row has blighted the reopening of
Alexandria\'s great library.
It has taken 1,700 years to replace. But now the great library of Alexandria, whose precious manuscripts were torched in AD271, is about to reopen - to a reception blighted by controversy.\"

Read the full story.

Flooded Municipal Library in Prague

Klaus Graf writes \"The most serious damage the library incurred was the flooding of the 20,000 rare and historical books and documents. \"We are therefore asking the public in the Czech Republic and abroad, libraries and other institutions, companies and firms worldwide for help. It can be material help or financial help. We need special technologies, above all equipment for the restoration workshop. Financial help is needed for such equipment\". Read more at:

Delegation to donate 16,000 books to Iraq

Charles Davis writes \"From story at A total of 16,477 books are expected to arrive in Iraq
today as a show of solidarity in an initiative that has received
global support.

A 25-member Jordanian delegation from a number of
organisations will deliver the books to the ministry of higher
education in Baghdad, where they will be distributed to facilities for
higher education. \"

Information and links about the floods

Klaus Graf writes \"Information and links about the floods damages concerning archives,
libraries, museums, monuments etc. is available at, and (German) and (Lib-Weblog, mostly German) and (mostly German).

Thank you for all support!
Dr. Klaus Graf \"

BBC Program on Cuban Libraries

The Friends of Cuban Libraries write: \"The Friends of Cuban Libraries are making available information on a recently
transcribed BBC broadcast focusing on Cuba\'s independent librarians, which
was aired on May 1, 2002.

Since the BBC broadcast was aired, two of the volunteer librarians
interviewed on the program have received international awards for their
pioneering work in defense of intellectual freedom. Gisela Delgado was
awarded the Swedish Liberal Party\'s Democracy Prize, and Human Rights Watch
named Victor Rolando Arroyo as a winner of the Hellman-Hammett Prize, an
annual award given to persecuted writers and other defenders of intellectual

Here is the text of the broadcast:

Busy library reflects China\'s new attitude

SomeOne writes \"SunSpot
has this one on China\'s largest library. The story says it stands as a monument to a young generation\'s hunger for opportunity and advancement. They say of young people using the facilities on any given day. \"


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