Tighter Controls on Books about Witchcraft and the Occult in Manawatu

Kathleen writes "Some odd patrons at the Palmerston North City Library.
Teenage girls who "overdose" on television programmes like Charmed have encouraged Palmerston North Library to put tighter controls on books about witchcraft and the occult. Also
erotica and sex manuals,Hot Rod and Fine Scale Modeller,people interested in pit bulls [who]can be a shady lot,books of Nazi insignia, or about heavy metal rockers, and anything featuring rocker-suicide Kurt Cobain.
And it looks so peaceful.
Conveniently located half way between Taupo and Wellington, Manawatu is the "gateway" to the Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Rangitikei and Wanganui Regions. Stay a week in Palmerston North - you can explore all five regions plus Manawatu."


Banned, UnBanned, Now Borrowed: "America" (The Book)

Follow up to the 1)banning and 2) reversal of banning of "America" (The Book) by Jon Stewart. It's flying off the library shelves in Mississippi. Story from the Sun Herald .

Good PR for a book that has already proven popular. Do you suppose any of this was planned in advance by the publishers?


Good Idea: The "Did You Miss Me" Table

Patrons of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, it turns out, are a lot like the general book-buying public: They go for thrillers, detective yarns and Harry Potter.

But this article from The Columbia also suggests an interesting way for patrons to enjoy popular books...last year's popular titles.

They're on the "Did You Miss Me?" table, just past the entrance at the Vancouver Community Library (WA). Librarian Karin Ford said that since the table was set up in September 2003, it has generated 20,000 check-outs of books that might otherwise be overlooked...and "more of a return on our investment."


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.\"



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