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Extending a Helping Hand to the Jobless

Today marks the opening of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Job Help Center. NC State Librarian Mary Boone, county commissioner Jennifer Roberts and library director Charles Brown were on hand for the occasion.

Here's the webpage for the Job Center, which allows you to reserve a PC, register for courses in Excel and other computer skills, create a resume and even try out interview techniques. Funding for the Job Help Center at Main Library has been provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County ABC Board, Phillip L. Van Every Foundation, and The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

R.I.P. Robert B Parker

Robert B Parker, the American crime novelist, who has died aged 77, helped revive and modernise the hard-boiled private eye genre through his Spenser series of novels. Robert B Parker's wife, Joan, found him dead at his desk on Monday. She and their two sons survive him.

Man gets six years in library child porn case

Man gets six years in library child porn case
A state district judge sentenced a man who downloaded child pornography at the Brownsville Public Library to six years in prison.

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

Is it possible to love books too much? Writer Allison Hoover Bartlett thinks so, given the reaction she often gets to her new book, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.

"I can't tell you how many people have picked up the book and read the title and said, 'Huh! That's me,' " Bartlett says.

"Some people care so deeply about books," she adds, "they're willing to do just about anything to get their hands on the books that they love."
The book tells the story of the light-fingered bibliophile John Gilkey, and how antiquarian bookseller, Ken Sanders tracked, identified and exposed the thief. Story from NPR.

Rules of Circulation #14 (RoC)

Rules of Circulation #14 (RoC)

"I Can Name That Patron in Two Adjectives"

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What's In a Name Part I.

What's In a Name Part I.

My PICAW (Partner In Crime At Work) and myself found ourselves bored at work when we were covering the phones.
I randomly searched for unique names in our patron database and was quite surprised what names (first and middle) popped up. So what started out as a way to pass the time turned into a competitive game.

Our list became quite extensive and we have tried to keep it organized, somewhat...

States:

    Florida
    Georgia
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Montana
    Nevada
    Virginia
    Washington

We found out that our library system has its own "United Nations" of patrons' names when it came to countries along with some other cities.

Countries and Cities:

    Africa
    America
    Antigua
    Argentina
    Asia
    Austria
    Bari
    Benin
    Bolivia
    Brazil
    Burma
    Canada
    Chad
    China
    Cuba
    Denmark
    Dominica
    Egypt
    England
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    France
    India
    Iran
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italia
    Jordan
    Kenya
    Mali
    Manila
    Milan
    Niger
    Oman
    Paris
    Romania
    Rome
    Somalia
    Spain
    Sudan
    Tonga
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Former NFL star gets a kick out of rare books

Former NFL star gets a kick out of rare books
After Pat McInally signed his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1975, the first thing he did with his new-found wealth was also the least likely: He bought a vintage book collection for the copy of "Winnie the Pooh" it contained.

She Signed Up for a Library Card, but Got a Lot More

Gig Harbor, WA: When Marie Bassett received a phone call from the Pierce County Library System telling her she had won a free laptop computer, she first thought it was a hoax.

Bassett filled out a little piece of paper when she renewed her library card a while back, but she had forgotten about it.

The countywide library system held a raffle for two laptops during its annual card drive, and Gig Harbor’s Bassett won one of them.

“It was a funny story,” she said. “I went to have my library card renewed, and they had me fill out this little slip of paper. I said, ‘What do you want me to do with this?’ ”

Bassett said she regularly checks out items at the library with her husband, and she decided to get her own card updated. “I thought, ‘That’s dumb. I might want to go without him some time,’ ” she said. “It’s ironic, because I’m really a raffle nut, but I had totally forgotten I had filled out this slip.”

Winning the laptop turned out to be perfect timing for Bassett, who recently lost her job.

“It was a heartbreaker,” she said. “It was truly a dream job. I thought I was going to be there forever.”

Nonetheless, Bassett hopes to turn bad luck around. “Now I think I want to start my own bookkeeping business,” she said. “This laptop is so timely.”

U.S. Pop-Up Book Entrepreneur Has Died

The man behind the modern pop-up book, Waldo "Wally" Hunt, has died at age 88. Hunt, a Los Angeles advertising executive, sold his company and traveled to New York, where he became disenchanted. He was charmed by a pop-up book imported from Czechoslovakia. "I knew I'd found the magic key," he told the L.A. Times in 2002. "No one was doing pop-ups in this country." Hunt's first pop-up company was so successful that Hallmark purchased it. Then Hunt returned west and started another company -- making pop-up books, of course.

Check out this LA Times blog, and particularly the wonderful video of "ABC3D," a design favorite of 2008--wonderful book (maybe not the best for libraries, but a unique book for sure).

Another Student Suicide at NYU's Bobst Library

Huffington Post reports that a New York University student was found dead in the school's main library this morning shortly before 5 a.m.

Andrew Williams-Noble, a junior , is thought to have jumped to his death in Bobst Library, although the school has yet to confirm this. NYPD officials told NYUNews.com simply that it was a "non-criminal" action.

The library was the scene of two suicides in 2003 which lead to the installation of protective panels along the railings to prevent further deaths.

An NYU spokesperson has issued a statement to the University community.

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