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AFP 'targeted' Muslim convert over library books

Little Stevie Cohen spotted one From Australia where Melbourne university student says the Australian Federal Police (AFP) forced him to answer questions because he borrowed library books about terrorism and suicide bombings.

The Muslim convert, known as Abraham, says he was targeted by investigators while borrowing the books for PhD research at Monash University into the role of Islam in martyrdom.

Inmates invest in Salinas libraries' future

Three Cheers for the inmates of San Quentin Prison. Prisoners in San Quentin's inmate-to-inmate tutoring program sponsored something of a bake sale for literacy, selling doughnuts, pizza and fried chicken to other prisoners. Today, they will present a $1,000 check to the ailing Salinas Free Library, plus another $500 for literacy services in Marin County. "If you take away libraries and recreation centers, the only place kids have to end up is a place like this," said convicted killer Olish Tunstall, 39, who came up with the idea to help Salinas after seeing a story about it on the news.

Russians' Love Affair With Books Fading

The St. Petersburg Times says About 37 percent of Russian people never read books, and 52 percent never buy them.

These alarming statistics were announced in a land that in Soviet times claimed to be the leading nation of readers at the Fourth Russian Congress of the Russian Book Union in St. Petersburg last week.

Jackson marks landmark library protest

One From The Chicago Sun Times on the "Greenville Eight"
They were used to being told where they couldn't eat, play or sit. But members of the group known as the "Greenville Eight" -- composed of black college and high school students, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson -- refused to be denied the right to read under South Carolina's rigid system of racial segregation.

On July 16, 1960, the group marched on the whites-only Greenville County Public Library, requesting access to books and research materials that the much-smaller "colored" library didn't have.

A Longtime NC Bookstore, Bristol Books, Closing

Here's the Wilmington, NC store website , and here's a goodbye from one of their booksellers, and one from the owner, Joann Bristol.

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If Jack Kerouac had set out to find a real bookstore in the suburbs, he would still be on the road, Phileas Fogg would still be in the air, the Ancient Mariner wouldn't have had time to tell anyone his story." —Columnist Michael Winerip on bookstore chains, New York Times, October 28, 1986

Harvard Sues Desiree Goodwin For Legal Expenses

Talk about adding insult to injury, Desiree Goodwin , who lost her case for promotion against Harvard University and still retains the same low-paying job, has been told by her attorney, Richard Clarey, that Harvard has sent her a bill for $3,319; the legal expenses incurred during her civil rights trial against them.

Goodwin wrote in an e-mail to this reporter "They (Harvard) submitted an affidavit justifying why they feel I should be responsible for their expenses. Harvard resisted all of my efforts to resolve my case through internal procedures and mediation until a lawsuit become inevitable. I was already in debt from my student loans, and not being able to obtain a professional job after completing my education (an MLS), I went even further into debt to pursue justice in the courts, and now this."

Goodwin sums it up this way: "This is meant to discourage anyone who dares to pursue justice against discrimination in the courts when all other remedies have failed."

Indians not avid TV watchers, instead hook to books

Anonymous Patron writes "Some Interesting News Out Of India. India may not be a heavy TV watching country, but a book loving country it sure is! India surpasses every other country as far as time spent on reading is concerned. On an average, an Indian spends 10.7 hours reading in a week. Close behind India is Thailand, where people spend an average of 9.4 hours in a week in reading. At 3.1, 4.1 and 5 hours respectively, individuals in Korea, Japan and Taiwan fall to the bottom of the reading list."

Book lover, collector turns silo into unusual library

Anonymous Patron writes "Book lover, collector turns silo into unusual library: Donald S. Connery converted the silo attached to their 200-year-old barn into a most unusual home library. In the late 1980s, after 20 or so years of pondering, he hired a carpenter to rework the old round silo into a three-story cylindrical library. At last count, he and his wife had about 10,000 volumes in the silo, with a few thousand more in the house. "

Reading a 1,000 page book in one day

JET writes "One From The Guardian reports on "The long and winding read"Modern literature can often be a challenge - especially when it's 1,000 pages long. Tanya Gold is made of stern stuff, however, and set out to read this summer's epic tome in one sitting"

Fayetteville AR Museum Hopes to Attract Clinton Fans

The Northwest Arkansas Times has an article about a new museum dedicated to the people and personalities (specifically, ex-President Bill and Senator Hillary Clinton) of Arkansas; their goal, according to Allyson Twiggs, director of Fayetteville’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, is to attract 10 percent of the attendance at the presidential library, which, it was announced last week, has topped 300,000 visitors.

"People have been making the Billgrimage," Barnes said, referring to the collection of Clinton-themed attractions in Arkansas. "We feel it will work here and they will come up to Fayetteville. They want to see the whole story." The museum will be housed in the home the Clintons lived during the 1970's, in which they were married.

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