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You may want to avoid curling up in bed with any books that you bought at Chappaqua Library’s used book sale.
A single bed bug was found hanging on a stage curtain in the auditorium that hosted the sale. During the event, the room was crawling with buyers and fears persist that a bug may have hitched a ride on one of the $17,000 worth of used books that were sold.
“We don’t want to sweep it under the rug,” assistant library director Martha Alcott told CBS 2?s Dave Carlin on Thursday night. Other areas of the library were given the all-clear, but some families said they weren’t taking any chances. “We put all the books that we got into this big bag,” said 7-year-old Niamh Lee.
Most Chappaqua Library patrons consider themselves bookworms, but they said they aren’t willing to scratch and suffer for their reading habits.
Warren County NJ's rolling hills look more intimidating than scenic from mile 45 of a long training ride. Librarian TaraLynn Romagnoli has been climbing many of these hills via bicycle on her quest to train for a 60-mile fundraising ride to raise money for the Warren County Library according to NJ.com.
"The terrain is a little tough, especially since I'm not an experienced cyclist, but I'm enjoying the challenge and can see myself improving every day,” Romagnoli said. “I am expecting to have a great ride."
Romagnoli is cycling across the county to each branch of the Warren County Library to raise money for the new main library facility at 189 Route 519 in White Township.
This 60-mile ride, called the Ride to Read, is presented by the Friends of the Warren County Library Headquarters. The Friends hope to raise $5,000 in sponsorships to purchase furnishings, such as comfy armchairs for quiet reading, as well as diner booths and stools, an mp3-player jukebox, and a neon sign for a diner-themed teen section. Romagnoli hopes that these items will help to make this building a true community center for library users.
Dateline Dana Point, CA:
Secret meetings. Unexplained firings. Legal action threatened. It's not exactly what anyone would expect from the Dana Point Friends of the Library, but a group of women from the nonprofit say the current president Terrence Inouye ousted them as managers of the bookstore without explanation, alienated members and demoralized 80-year-old volunteers.
"We all love the bookstore and that is what makes this all distressing," said Rachel Brezinski, a bookstore manager forced to resign in March. "To be treated like this has upset all of us elderly ladies."
From Monday through Saturday bookstore volunteers and managers roll out carts of discounted used books and collect the proceeds for the Friends of the Library. Customers can stop by from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to browse and purchase tomes to take home.
But bookstore volunteer Jayne Boydston estimated that 25 volunteers and managers — or about one-third of the membership — have either resigned in protest or been pushed out altogether.
Princeton Public Library to Keep `Friends’
The Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees voted this morning to abandon efforts to consolidate two separate library fundraising groups, the Friends of the Library and the Princeton Public Library Foundation.
There’s trouble in paradise… Hawaii is seeing controversy from an unlikely source: Friends of the Library organizations.
Over a year ago, State Librarian Richard Burns informed local Friends groups that they must become affiliates of the statewide Friends of the Library organization (also referred to as FLH or the “Big” Friends) or they would no longer be allowed to raise funds on state property, according to the Hawaii Reporter.
In response, the Friends of the Aina Haina Public Library, which does not want to join the statewide group, began a process which eventually led them to seek a change from the state legislature. The resulting bill, HB1054, passed both the Hawaii State Senate and the House on May 1, and will now go to the governor for signature.
If You Won’t Be Friends with the Big Friends, You Can’t Be Friends At All?
The source of the conflict is a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which grants the FLH exclusive rights to raise funds on state property (in a system that’s unique in the country, Hawaii’s libraries are all state-run.)
“The idea is to pay it forward and give back to the community,” McRae-Dickey said. “It’s sharing something that was meaningful in our lives.”
Organized locally by the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Wednesday’s event lasted 15 minutes. Participants were asked to wear a yellow hat, to gather at the assigned location at the assigned time and to start reading. The idea was that when a passerby asked one of the yellow-hatted readers what was going on, the reader would hand their book to that person.
“It’s so much fun to see people doing this,” said Witham. “I love this community,” She added that she already is in the habit of passing along her favorite books.
“If I made my own bumper sticker, it would read: ‘So many books, so little time.’ ”
In an age of library closings and cuts, here's some good news: a brand new library for Topanga Canyon, CA. Story from Huffington Post.
The two women who spear-headed this decade-long -- and yes, it was well over a decade -- quest were themselves fifteen and eighteen year residents of Topanga, moms of kids in the Topanga elementary school, all of whom used to visit the weekly Las Virgenes Bookmobile. One of the mom's, Cynthia Scott, became a volunteer, and she -- inspired by her kids -- started gathering petitions about getting a library. She now works for County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the third crucial element in this triad of a deal.
The second mom, Adriane Allan, was a library science student who got a Masters in Library Science from UCLA. In 2001, she had been working on a paper about the importance of libraries to their communities, and something sparked. She called Supervisor Yaroslavsky's office, where they were -- quite understandably -- a tad discouraging. Nevertheless, she started to gather all kinds of information for her paper. What would it take to build a library in Topanga?? Names, facts, feasibility studies... The figures were discouraging, to say the least, but she wanted to finish her paper!! (This woman is now a Santa Monica Children's Librarian, bless her heart.)
The article's author Jodi Lampert adds...go kiss your librarian, today!!
ROCHESTER, MI — The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library recently gave the library $105,000 in funds raised throughout 2011.
“We were very pleased with the amount we raised this year,” said Friends President Kathy Dorn. “It’s the first time in recent history that we’ve gone over $100,000. I want to say we did $85,000 last year.”
Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the money will be used to fund free public programs — for both adults and children — throughout 2012, and to purchase 70 new public computers. Congratulations to the Friends!
For-profit book recycler behind popular donation program sells many of the books received.
Full story at Marketplace.org
Excerpt from story: The bins worry Cady because he helps run Prescott Library's used bookshop. It raises thousands of dollars for library programs by selling donated books. Like many Friends of Library groups around the country, Cady worries the bins are siphoning off donations that normally would come to them.
Here's the President of the Escondido (CA) Friends of the Library showing what's left from their closed branch library.
Former patrons of the closed East Valley Branch Library in Escondido will have a last chance to pick a best-seller off the shelf this weekend when the city holds a sale to clear all books from the building.
About 10,000 books and several shelves of movies on videotape are scheduled to go on sale from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at the old branch library, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, which closed in June because of budget cuts.
The branch once held about 54,500 volumes, and about 44,000 books have been moved to the main library. At the invitation of recently retired librarian Laura Mitchell, 15 Escondido elementary school teachers then took about 40 boxes of children's books for their students.
The 10,000 or so books that remain are about twice the number the Friends of the Escondido Public Library usually has in its inventory in the bookstore at the main library, 239 S. Kalmia St., said Friends President Elmer Cameron, pictured above.