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Great Plains Poet Next U.S. Laureate

Great Plains poet Ted Kooser of Nebraska will be the next poet laureate of the United States.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington planned to officially announce the appointment today.

"Ted Kooser is a major poetic voice for rural and small town America and the first poet laureate chosen from the Great Plains," Billington said. "His verse reaches beyond his native region to touch on universal themes in accessible ways."

Kooser, 65, replaces Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck in the eight-month position. Read all about it.

Suicidal Librarian, Chain-Smoking Slob Discover Life's Elusive Symmetries

From the Village Voice...
"Life or death; which one has the nastier sense of humor? A couple of the characters in Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe may be starting to wonder. A shy Japanese librarian in Bangkok, Kenji (Tadanobu Asano of Zatoichi) has a chronically interrupted suicide wish. He's unsuccessfully acquainted with the noose, the smothering pillow, even the gun secreted inside a teddy bear. The film unfolds as a serene experiment in dissonance: long snatches of boy-girl quiescence occasionally broken by snarling bursts of gangster mayhem." Read More.

Suit over library cat's attack bites back at disabled dog owner

Gary Price points out Rik, Kimba, and L.C. are making headlines again. This Time Rik, who had unsuccessfully sued the city of Escondido after his assistance dog was attacked by a cat that lived in the public library will have to pay the city nearly $30,000 in attorney's fees.

Yesterday, Judge Yuri Hofmann ordered Espinosa to pay $29,362.50 to Escondido to cover costs the city incurred by fighting what it contended was a "frivolous" lawsuit.

History That's Right Off the Shelf

An Anonymous Patron writes "I hate to point to a LATimes Story, but this one on Willie McPherson is pretty interesting. He died 40 years ago when he was 79 and left behind more than 2,000 photos he took throughout CA and the Southwest during the first half of the 20th century. The photo collection, after passing through the hands of two parties, landed at the Orange library this year and has become a featured piece of its burgeoning regional history center.
The library's growing history collection is helping propel expansion of the main library that will result in a tripling of space, including a history room and reading tower. The new facility will be renamed the Orange Library and History Center. Groundbreaking on the expansion is set for January, with completion projected for September 2006.

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Accused library arsonist could see trial date set in Friday meeting

Following up on a story from last year, The 19-year-old man charged with setting fire to the second floor of the University's (of GA) Main Library last summer will be in court Friday for a calendar call. If a trial date is set Friday, it could be either Aug. 2, Aug. 23 or Aug. 30, according to the Athens-Clarke County Clerk's Office.

Chris Anderson, a former ACC assistant district attorney who was prosecuting the case, previously told The Red & Black he thought that an ex parte order filed in April by the defense may have called for a mental evaluation of Nelms, but he said he was not certain.

A Volunteer @ The Mesa NM Library

Volunteers may work book sales, bake cakes, sell bookbags, collect donations and serve on boards, but there are other ways of volunteering @ your library.

Xiao Shi, visiting from Singapore as the wife of Los Alamos scientist Wen Quing Cao, has been teaching children the Chinese language and the classic art of Chinese brush painting at the Mesa NM library. Daughter of well-known Chinese calligrapher Can Fa Shi, Xiao Shi continues in the tradition, but is also expanding her classes to include more Western-style media, such as crayon and watercolor.

Here's a look at the fantastic library in Mesa architects photos and here's the story from the Los Alamos Monitor ).

Man charged with planting device at library

An Odd One Out of PA where Police said they have arrested the person responsible for planting a suspicious device in front of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library 10 days ago.
A man walking to the library July 2 noticed the device near the front doors and called police. A bomb disposal unit was called in, and further examination revealed the device did contain several components of a possible explosive device, police said.

Web surfer's tip leads cops to sex offender

Anonymous Patron sent over This One From the Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Palm Beach Post on a sexual predator being held without bond on one charge of disorderly conduct and one charge of violating parole, after a patron called the police.

Kathy Boyes, community relations manager for the Palm Beach County Library System, said the librarians handled the incident properly. "They did not observe anything to lead them to believe there was improper behavior," Boyes said.

As for observing Carroll's computer use from a distance, Boyes said, "It is absolutely an issue of privacy. Our librarians do not observe what patrons are doing."

Libraries have long dealt with such problems. "There have always been dirty books," said the spokeswoman. In the past, though, there was a simpler solution: "We didn't buy the books," she said.
Update: 07/01 06:52 EST by B:Fixed URL, thanks bentley

Ex-Head NY Pub. Library awarded Medal of Freedom by Pres. notes The Associated Press reports Vartan Gregorian, scholar and historian, who headed the New York Public Library in the 1980s was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Whitehouse Site has more on the life of Dr. Vartan Gregorian that began in Iran, in a town called Tabriz.

Professor's 'Books for Baghdad' in National Spotlight

conservator writes "A project started by Jacksonville State University's Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani to collect textbooks for Baghdad University has attracted the attention of National Public Radio, NBC, FOX, ABC, the Associated Press and other media outlets.

Professors from universities throughout the state are donating surplus books and offering other help.

Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani, an Iraq native and 1977 graduate of Baghdad University, said he conceived the idea in April. Since then, he and JSU colleagues have collected more than 700 books or pledges for books and are working on the logistics of mailing them.

Read more here.

Books or checks made payable to Books for Baghdad may be sent to Dr. Al-Hamdani in care of the Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 3626"


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