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Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "President Bush has proposed a federal budget that would slash federal funding for adult literacy programs by 64%. It is estimated that 50,000 adult students could lose literacy classes in New York State under this proposed budget. At the same time, New York State funding for many adult literacy programs has not kept up with a tremendous need for services. This yearâ€™s state budget includes a change that cuts funding that has supported educational services for the working poor.
Grassroots Literacy Coalition. Rally Against the Cuts!"
Good News For Newport News Public Library. Dr. Herbert H. Neisser left a $2 million gift to the Main Street Library in Hilton Village. Several city officials were out of town and unavailable to say whether a decision had been made on how to spend the money.
mdoneil writes "The Columbia Broadcasting Company brings us news of Sandy Berger's (D - Argyle 100% Wool), agreement to a plea deal for the purloining of classified documents from the National Archives.
Berger who stuffed documents in his trousers, and who allegedly crammed classified copies in his calcetines, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
No word on where the still missing classified documents are, or if he will get the same cell as the Ms. Stewart."
Anonymous Patron writes "Neat little Story On David Lacasse who has indulged his passion of collecting signed books by local authors. To date heâ€™s amassed about 2,500. So many, in fact, that when the eldest of his three children left home, he turned his bedroom into a library.
Lacasse said heâ€™s not sure why he chose this as a hobby, but he knows exactly when it happened.
The book lover said heâ€™s had authors sign his books under the strangest of circumstances in some unusual venues including post offices and bowling alleys. Once, he said, he was the only person to show up at a reading at a local bookstore."
Anonymous Patron writes "www.smh.com.au talks with Rick Gekoski, whose quest for ever more rare and wonderful books has led to the Booker prize.
The questions everyone wants to ask a Man Booker Prize judge are: how many books do you have to read? And do you really read all of them?
The answer to the first question is 130-odd, in five or six months."
For those of you under 40, Bill Wyman used to be in the Rolling Stones. For those of you under 30, The Rolling Stones are a band that was popular when your parents were your age, now you can hear them in many television commercials, or on that radio station only old people listen to. Anyways, In This Interview Bill Wyman says:
"I should have been an archaeologist, or a museum curator. Or a librarian."
You can't regret being in the Rolling Stones! "No," he replies, "but I regret the times spent when I couldn't enjoy my hobbies. They had to go on the backburner. It was a frustration."
For those of you under 30 who are asking yourself why you should care, you shouldn't, but anytime someone in a band that was popular 40 years ago says something, everyone your parents age will read it. The same thing will happen to you in 40 years when Eminem says he should've been a librarian.
Anonymous Patron writes "The Oregonian reports on Clark County (Washington?) commissioners and library leaders who are mulling whether registered sex offenders pose a threat to young library users -- and whether libraries should be off-limits to them.
During last week's meeting of the county board and leaders of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Commissioner Marc Boldt introduced the topic by saying he wanted to "chitchat" about Internet filters on library computers. But when the library delegation indicated that the controversy had been resolved, Boldt said he would like to go further.
"What do you do about registered sexual offenders?" he asked."
The very first librarian of the United Nations, Sigurd Rasmussen, a Dane by birth who later became a US citizen, has died at the age of 99.
From 1941 to 1946, he was a librarian for the League of Nations Mission at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, working with such luminaries as Albert Einstein.
Fluent in a dozen languages, he later formed what would become the Library of the United Nations and became the U.N.'s first librarian in 1946. Obituary from the Washington Post .
Library Journal has announced their annual Movers & Shakers for 2005, and we in the blogopshere are proud to be represented by Michael Stephens of Tame the Web and Aaron Schmidt who delivers Walking Paper. Many other good names on the list. Give 'em a shout out in the comments.
Richard Kreimer, 55, who successfully sued the Morristown (NJ) Library for harassment (they ejected him due to his unappealing smell), is now pursuing another target, New Jersey Transit. The stakes are much higher this time, he's suing for $5,000,000.000, as the court award of $230,000 from his 1991 suit has long been spent on medical expenses from a number of chronic health problems.