Gone but Not Forgotten - Those Circulation Cards

Interesting essay by Robert Klose in the Christian Science Monitor about the elimination of circulation cards with borrowers names and addresses.

The author laments their passing (for privacy reasons) as they once were the source of a short but interesting correspondence for him on the subject of early European migration.


Book lending falls 30% in Scotland as libraries turn to technology

Anonymous Patron writes "Book lending falls 30% as libraries turn to technology says The number of books borrowed by Scots from the nation’s libraries has plummeted by 30% in less than a decade – a situation that experts claim is the inevitable consequence of spending scarce funds on computers instead of new titles.I kept reading about higher circ. numbers in the States, not true elsewhere?"


Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tribune reminds residents of East Bay that in addition to books and tapes, their local library can lend them tools...over 2,000 in fact. In addition to stud sensors and orbital sanders, a listing of what's available (and what is not) is here at their website.


It's Time to Weed in Santa Cruz

One branch per month in the Santa Cruz library system is systematically weeded of excess books. Besides being unable to purchase additional shelving and insufficient space for the books, librarians discard those books that don't measure up.

In this article from the Santa Cruz Sentinal , the acronym MUSTIE is used to determine which books will go...the FOL always get first dibs.


Jefferson banned from some Virginia middle schools

Fang-Face writes "A quivering administrator in Fairfax County, Virginia, has banned the film 1776 from middle school civics curricula. The reason for this censorship is sexual innuendo due to Jefferson saying he "burns" for his wife, whom he has not seen in six months. I had to do a search through Google to find an article with enough information to build a context (in most cases the article had been abstracted down to the first four paragraphs only) and finally found this report at This article also mentions how Fairfax has been the subject, for some time, of a trend towards stipping classrooms and libraries of materials."

We've covered PABBIS and other Fairfax stories in the past.


Yet Another Uber-Overdue Book Story

John Hubbard writes "The Associated Press is reporting on a 94-Year-Overdue Book, returned by a woman to Vernon Public Library in Connecticut. The $685 late fee was waived.

Similar tales have been covered previously.

Unshelved ran a week about overdue books in April. "


Late library book nets 90-day probation for 12 year Old

To follow up on This One, Dan Lester and sharmor sent over this Denver Post Story with an interesting opening paragraph:\"Marisa Gohr will think twice before checking out any more library books.\"

She\'s the 12-year-old that appeared Thursday in Littleton Municipal Court, charged with unlawful retention of library materials.
The judge accepted a guilty plea and sentenced the seventh-grader to 90 days of probation.

\"Marisa is scared to check out books,\" Norma Gohr said. \"This whole situation is ridiculous.\"


57 Year Late Rare Book Return Better Then Never.

The daughter of a Penn State patron returned a rare book borrowed by
her father in 1944.  The library graciously waived the late fee. picked up the
AP story


New Book Drop Checks in Books

The National Library Board in Singapore receives 200 suggestions a month. However, they liked one patron\'s suggestion so much, they developed the idea and patented it. The idea was a book drop that uses radio frequencies to detect returned books.The story doesn\'t say if the patron will receive any money from the patent, which has interested libraries from New Zealand, Australia, and Scandinavian countries. Definitely \"good value for money,\" as is the new Public Service slogan.


Children\'s Books are Flying off Shelves

Librarians, teachers, and book stores say a notable increase has occurred in reading interest among children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75 percent of fourth-graders report reading for fun at least once a week. Of that group, 43 percent say they read every day. [more...] from Salon.



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