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Oshkosh Public Library gets $1.1 million gift
life-long Oshkosh woman described as an avid reader and movie watcher made a $1.1 million bequest to the Oshkosh Public Library.
The library board decided Thursday to use the money from the estate of Marjorie M. Drexler to establish a memorial trust fund.
Drexler died Aug. 16, 2010, at the age of 87.
Toronto library chair defends multilingual collection
"What proportion of our budget should go for non-English movies and books?" said Del Grande in a widely publicized statement.
"An argument can be made that this is what makes the city great, but I would dare say our common language is English, we’re spending tons of money for ESL, should we not have a discussion of how much of the library budget should go for non-English resources?"
Woman keeps library alive with book donations
EARL PARK, IN (WLFI/CNN) – An Indiana woman's giving spirit and love for literature is helping a small town library flourish, despite a small budget.
Since retiring, Marian Delp has more time to sit down and read a good book. When she's done, instead of putting the books on the shelf, she donates them to the Earl Park Library.
"When I've read it, or listened to it, if it is an audio book, I would prefer to pass it on," Delp said.
Homeless Men Caught Watching Porn at CA Library
Laguna Beach Public Library patrons say there's a big problem with homeless people watching porn on library computers. Police found eight homeless men gathered around a computer inside the library Saturday afternoon watching pornography. One was arrested for allegedly fondling himself.
Chicago Tribune catches up on new snoozing rules at local libraries:
Fall asleep in the Chicago Public Library, someone will nudge you awake. Do it again, they'll show you the door. But drift off in Lombard's cozy library and you can slumber in peace.
"The library is a good place to at least catch up on the sleep you missed out on the night before," said Tammy Selio as she sat in the west suburban library on a recent Tuesday, a black suitcase filled with her belongings at her side.
Selio, 40, and other homeless patrons often gather there in the hours before a nearby shelter opens at 7 p.m. Sometimes their eyes grow heavy — especially as the days turn gloomy and colder and a comfortable library chair beckons.
Libraries tend to frown on behavior that disrupts other patrons, and that can include sleeping. But Lombard's Helen Plum Memorial Library is considering changing its rules to allow sleeping as long as it doesn't disturb others. Unofficially, it has already done so.
This fine is not so fine
Lorain Public Library patron Caprice Anderson got a big surprise at the main library Wednesday.
It was a bill for $322 in late fees. But she said she hadn’t been to the library in months and she never checked out the items for which her card was used.
“I’m actually a frequent book reader, but I normally buy my books,” said Anderson, 27, of Lorain. “I was going to go to the library and find something I haven’t read. That’s when I found out my card was used.”
Anderson doesn’t know who used her library card, and filed a police report after coming across the staggering late fees.
Unaired Apple ad from 1997
A patron at the Palm Beach County Library's Gardens Branch saw more than she wanted to when walking past a computer.
A brochure picked up at the main information desk explains their internet policy. It says: "What you view is not private and may be seen by others-be considerate." It goes on to say: "Internet workstations are filtered to block explicit sexual content. Patrons over age 18, with proof of age, may request the filtering be temporarily removed."
The director of the Palm Beach County Library System, John Callahan, says under federal law they have no choice but to allow patrons to view pornography. Callahan says by law, they cannot restrict the free expression of ideas or the access to those ideas.
Iowa man lands in jail for overdue library books
A Newton man who didn’t return overdue books and CDs to the city’s public library for months landed in jail on a theft charge. He was charged with third-degree theft on Aug. 20 after he failed to return items worth $770, police said. He checked out 11 books and six CDs, including a box set, in January. He was charged after repeated efforts to get him to return the items.