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The winners of the An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council\'s fifth annual essay contest have been announced. The topic of this year\'s essay was \"Without my library...\" Young people in two age categories (under 14 and under 18) shared their ideas on life without libraries.
Here\'s a sample of the winning essay in the under 14 category:
The bus grinding to a halt, and a young woman stepping smartly off and moving toward the glass doors of the library. A bitter wind tugs at her hair as she crosses the busy street. Reaching the swing doors she grasps the handle firmly and pulls hard. The door stays put, not budging in the slightest. She pulls again, harder this time, but again to no avail. Peering through the glass, she can see oaken shelves empty, greying computers dormant in the corner. She turns bitterly and heads back to the bus stop and begins her laborious wait for the next bus.
Eric Fenster sent this via email:
\"A small (96 pages) book, and not just any book, is in danger of being censured in France. The title is: \'Vos papiers! Que faire face à la police?\' (Your
papers! What to do when confronted by the police?) - It was recently published by the French magistrates\' union (Syndicat de la magistrature). The book simply tells citizens (and others) what their rights are
when there is an ID check, arrest, and so on. -- Read More
According to an article in The Spectator,The British government has issued a new Public Library Standard, which requires libraries to completely purge their stacks over the next 8.5 years. According to Julia Lewis, \"The government is forcing libraries to sell, and sometimes pulp, great works of literature in the name of vibrancy and multiculturalism. Among the books being thrown out are those that represent the best of English and American writing, as well as translations of European classics and works by contemporary authors. The government’s policy is well-meaning but misguided.\" More
The British Library is lending rare items, including manuscripts by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, to the National Library of Australia in Canberra. They will form part of an exhibition of literary treasures contributed by libraries from all over the world, the first of its kind. The full story from BBC News.
I\'m currently trying to plan a trip to Oz for next year but if I don\'t get there before February 24th, it looks like I\'ll miss out on this exhibition.
This just in from Botswana!!....
\"Accepting 300 books donated by Books Abroad, a British
charitable organisation, at the Gaborone National Library last
week, labour and home affairs deputy permanent secretary Lillian
Mpotokwane said the government \"continues to develop libraries
to provide relevant information and resources to facilitate the
development of an educated and informed nation as envisaged in
LLRX writes \"The
December 3rd issue of LLRX.com has an article
on creating a Web page to collect and access research
links. Just follow Diana Botluk\'s efficient step-by-step
guide, and what once may have seemed an
intimidating process will become a straight-forward
and easily accomplished task.
rx.com/features/onlinerefdesk.htm for the article.
\"Italian authorities arrested two people early Thursday and raided several Islamic centers in northern Italy as part of an investigation into an alleged terrorist cell linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. One of the men arrested was a librarian at the Islamic Cultural Center.\" More from MSNBC.
The Canadian Library Association has begun a Campaign for Canada\'s Libraries.
The purpose of this campaign is to \"educate government
decision-makers and the public on the importance
of libraries in the government’s new innovation
agenda and to the emphasize the need for a
Canadian Council of Libraries, a new National
Library building and the continuance of the Library
Unfortunately, detailed information is only available on the members only section of the CLA website.
If this new program of the Singapore National Library Board(NLB) works out, there could be a big demand for \"Born To Read\" tattoos. The new program provides reading materials for newborns: \"Up to 50,000 newborns at 9 hospitals will each receive a starter kit, containing booklets on nursery rhymes, parenting tips and more.\" The NLB also plans to start offering library cards to three year-olds. Story from Channel News Asia.