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Forgotten goods discovered at public libraries

Here\'s A Fun Story on all the cool stuff at the Southwest County Regional Library west of Boca Raton, FL.
dozens of photos, bookmarks [which include paper, plastic, leather, lace and pressed flowers with children\'s photos and greetings to grandma, souvenirs of bar mitzvahs, high school graduations, 50th anniversaries and prayers for those who have passed on], lottery tickets, Band-Aids, bugs and bacon.

\"One staff member found several hundred dollars in cash in an envelope inside a book,\" Pinilla said. \"She tracked down the last person who had the book and returned the money. He had just cashed a check. That person sent flowers several times as a thank you.\"

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Library funding sparks stampede

Unless you live in Pasadena, This One won\'t be very interesting, but the opening paragraph is great:

\"Like a herd of bibliophiles stampeding toward that one copy of a coveted book, seven local cities are in fierce competition for state library bond money.\"

Heh, a herd of bibliophiles....

One good quote for all of CA, \"I think what we\'re seeing is a definite need for new public library construction in California,\" said Albert Tovar, Azusa City Library director.

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Terrorist Reading List

jen writes \"Beware The List!
Librarians! Citizens! Be advised that terrorists are easily identified by their chosen reading material. Please study the list of terrorist-preferred volumes below - and promptly report any persons you may encounter reading them to the FBI Terror Literature specialists who will soon be visiting your community! \"

This from the same site that brought us Presidential Prayer Squad issues Emergency Green Card To Jesus Christ.

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Normal librarian loves to find the answers

This Story isn\'t really funny, but the headline, \"Normal librarian loves to find the answers\", really cracks me up. It\'s a nice little story about Pixie Freymann, reference librarian at the Normal, Indiana, Public Library. She\'s \"as far as you can get from the quiet, prudish, sensible-shoe-wearing stereotype conjured by the word \"librarian.\"

\"I love to be able to find things,\" Freymann says, \"and I don\'t give up easily. I\'ll dig and dig until I find it.\"

I\'ll also add Blake removes controversial book from summer list to the \"Funny Headline\" files. Found @ LibraryStuff.

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?-) Beijing Paper Takes TheOnion.com Spoof Seriously.

Apparently
the Beijing Evening News reported as fact an article from the never
credible, but still oddly \'true,\'
TheOnion.com
Slashdot\'s
crew
kindly pointed out the
original Onion article
, along with some interesting observations
on how occasionally the TheOnion\'s articles trump the general news
media in providing factual background information (mixed, of course, with
their selective, blatant falsehoods for a devastating \'I\'m embarrassed
to be laughing at that\' effectiveness;-).

Reuter\'s
reports
the editor of the Beijing Evening News as explaining, \"the
story was written by one of our freelance writers\" [HI BLAKE, thinks the
freelance Hermit, ;-], \"his
stuff has been pretty much reliable before.\"

The extra
punch line is that after the editor heard from Reuters and was \"told the
story came from the Onion and was not true, the editor said, \"We would
first have to check that out.  If it\'s indeed fake, I\'m sure there
will be some form of correction.\"\"
-Hermit 
;-)
LISNews Keywords: China
-|- Chinese
-|-

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Library Surveillance: the Trading Card

SomeOne writes \"This Orwellian Library Surveillance trading card provides some visual counter-propaganda for resisting John Ashcroft\'s new library surveillance policy. Permission is given on the site to reproduce it for noncommercial use, so it\'s usable for posters, etc. This design is part of the larger American Crusade 2001+ antiwar trading card project by The Infinite Jest satire site.
\"

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Librarians/Book Returns in Mad Magazine

Ender The _Duke of URL_ writes: \"Libraries of fine usability have issues of Mad Magazine for patron
perusal. In the current issue (#418) is a Spy-vs-Spy (which is not on
the website) detailing White
Spy\'s trip to the library and the hijinks that ensue when he tries to
check out a book without having his library card.\"

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;-) \'\'The Library Song\'\' for Karaoke Librarians.

The ?
Kuusankoski City Library in Kuusankoski, Finland has an amusing ditty:
\"The Library Song\"
which includes a music sheet, lyrics, and a .wav (audio) music file. ;-).

\"Educational, informational,
entertainment that\'s sensational.
It\'s a way of life, it\'s for you and me
It\'s the latest, it\'s the greatest, it\'s the library.\"
[The whole song
@: www.kirjasto.sci.fi/libsong.htm
]

LISNews Keyword:
Song

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Save the Librarians

Michael McGrorty writes \"In the dusty backroom of a big city library, a woman sits alone, eating an apple for lunch while she balances her checkbook. Like every other month, she struggles with finances; tonight she will have to rent a video instead of going to the theater with friends. Her last vacation was spent with Leo Tolstoy and a folding chair on the balcony of her apartment. She tell herself that it’s okay to wear last year’s lipstick; she can always wring another season out of that old purse. But she’s beginning to lose hope.

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Are you being served?

Here\'s A Guardian Story that sent six Guardian writers to some of the best-known bookshops in the country to put their staff to the test to see how well they know thier books.

Hilarity ensues.

Spotted @ Mefi.

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