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Ex-student sentenced for library bomb call

SomeOne writes "News From The University of Oregon,

The former University graduate student who called in a bomb threat to the Knight Library in February was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 36 months probation Wednesday. Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lyle Velure said James Gregory Evangelista could serve his jail time on the sheriff's road crew, if desired, but Evangelista must complete and provide proof of mental-health treatment. Also, Evangelista is ordered to have no contact with the receptionist who answered the bomb-threat call and can't enter the library without University permission."

Man Losing Sight Donates Entire Library in AR

The Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas is the recipient of a gift by a local resident, Mike Johnston, who finds that he is losing his vision due to complications brought on by diabetes.

This story in the Benton Courier quotes Library director Julie Hart who describes the collection as "amazing."
"It's the largest single collection (approximately 2,000 books) we've ever received," Hart said. "All of the books are hardbacks and are in excellent condition."

Since Mike has been unable to read, the library has provided "books on tape for him to continue to enjoy them," his mother said. "These are wonderful for him. He can listen to them at night when he can't sleep." In addition to Mike's books, the Johnstons gave the library a framed copy of a deed signed by Grover Cleveland and Ulysses Grant.

They Are Sleuths Who Weigh Prose

Anonymous Patron writes "Neat New York Times Article on "questioned-document examiners." Ordinarily, document examiners' cases are far more mundane than the big deal CBS case. Examiners are hired by lawyers, police departments and individuals to analyze contested wills, determine whether medical or insurance records have been altered and authenticate handwriting and signatures in letters and contracts."

We are becoming digital pack rats

Anonymous Patron writes "We are becoming digital pack rats"

Just one shocking example:

"Inevitably, as soon as I delete something, I need it the next week," said Leslie Bottoms, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, who has kept as many as 18,000 e-mails on her computer. "I figure it saves the tree if I don't have to print it out. I get quite attached to my e-mail. I have stuff from several years ago."

Daniel adds: I'm not up to 18,000 yet, but I do have e-mail back to 1999.

Student's personal collection generates network of libraries

The Purdue Exponent Reports On Adi Adinugroho, one Purdue student working hard to make a difference. She reads books nearly every day. She owns books. She can check out books from outstanding libraries any time she wants.

But many children in Indonesia, her home country, can’t do the same.

That’s why Adinugroho spends nearly every minute of her free time working to make sure children in Indonesia will one day have the opportunities that she has.

Tribute to Former Library Publisher Eshelman

Library Journal has news about the passing of former Wilson Library Bulletin editor William Eshelman. In the same issue, LJ editor John Berry remembers his friend, Billy.

Billy thought the American Library Association (ALA) should come out against unjust wars, as it did over Vietnam. His belief in intellectual freedom was undiluted by the political and administrative expediency and compromise that so often weakens our professional resolve. Critics said he was too angry or too noisy about it. I disagreed.

A California Librarian Tells Her Last Story

Helen Riley, 77, is ready to retire from the Barstow Branch Library after many long and happy years of telling stories to children there.

She traveled hundreds of miles a week in the county library's bookmobile in the 1970s, traveling to places near and far, from Riverside Drive to a prison near Boron.
"We took the library to the people," Riley said.

Although Riley's head is filled with memories of her library career, she said she's ready to retire. Instead of reading books, she said she might go back to writing books, something she did before becoming a library worker.

This article in the Desert Dispatch gives us more on her background, and she also shares some of her best tips to get kids reading.

Oakland Library To Honor Nation's First All-Black Union

Shortly after the Civil War, many freed slaves and sons of slaves worked their way to the West, to find work in an industry dominated by African-Americans, as Pullman Porters. It's a history of discrimination and embittermint, but also pride at becoming self-supporting. Porters worked long hours for little pay, and many spent half their wages on food, lodging and uniforms. Still, a third became homeowners and helped grow a black middle class.

"We have to honor local history, and we've been working on this since July," said Christine Saed, senior librarian of the West Oakland Branch Library. "The porters and the railroad are a very important part of the black community that first came to Oakland from the south."

Larry Tye, author of "Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class" will speak about his book, and retired porters will offer stories and reflections. Members of the Oakland Heritage Alliance will conduct a tour from the library to a renovated railroad station nearby, and entertainment will include jazz, blues, country and gospel music.

Alameda Times-Star.

Bob Dylan Autobiography Due This Fall

The brilliant and talented author/composer of "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall", "Blowin' in the Wind", "Masters of War" and many other wonderful songs has written his memoirs, and it will be published (after a two year delay) this October by Simon & Schuster.

The initial volume, entitled "Chronicles" will be followed by at least one other volume consisting entirely of his song lyrics.

A few different versions of the story here: BBC-UK; Guardian UK ; NY Daily News -- each with different photos of Dylan.

El Paso, TX Library has Ghosts, According to Staffers

The discovery of a possible Civil War-era skeleton buried next to the main branch of the El Paso Public Library on Thursday was not a surprise, library employees said Friday.

"We figured that's why we have our ghosts," said staffer Charles Apuan while walking down a shadowy row of bookshelves in a sub-basement that is said to be the epicenter of eerie phenomena at the library, 501 N. Oregon.

Several members of the library staff have reported apparitions, strange noises and items moving by themselves.

Workers excavating a site behind the library Thursday discovered a skeleton, thought to be a soldier because in the 1860s the land was a military cemetery, which was later relocated. Skeletal remains were also found in the neighborhood in 1998 by crews replacing water and sewer lines. Library staffers expect other remains to be found as construction continues. Read all about it.


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