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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"

Booted for Bad Language, Banned Patron Sues Library

Another ridiculous law suit is going to be tying up the federal court system and costing the taxpayers money because some clown thinks he's above the rules. Fredric Maxwell, the guy who was banned from the Ann Arbor (MI) Public Library for excessively using obscene language, is suing the library in federal court for $115,000 and other "unspecified damages." He also wants a full-page apology in several newspapers. He thinks his rights were violated. What about the rights of the other people to not have to listen to his garbage? He is acting as his own attorney. Of course, if he were to win, this would establish a whole new precedent as far as what patrons "think" they are allowed to get away with. Who wants more headaches? Read More.

Man accused of editing library books

From an Anonymous Patron

A 79-year-old Lake George, NY man is in hot water.

Raymond Barber is accused of scratching out words in books from the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, substituting biblical phrases in the page margins, and writing "God is Enough" inside many covers.

Child poet Mattie Stepanek dies

Mattie Stepanek, the child poet whose inspirational verse made him a best-selling writer and a prominent advocate for muscular dystrophy, died Tuesday from complications of the disease. He was 13.

Posted on CNN


The next celebration for freedom-lovers and booklovers is coming up...JUNETEENTH (June 19th).

Here's a selection of interesting articles and a history of the holiday as first celebrated in Texas in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Tallahassee Democrat

Website for Juneteenth

History of the celebration

a Review of Ellison's novel published posthumously.

Thanks to Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. for pointing to and

Mariah Carey Plans To Pen Series Of Children's Books

Proof that anyone can write a childrens book From MTV. Having shelved the idea of writing a memoir, Mariah Carey is pulling a Madonna and wants to do children's books instead.
The book series would focus on a biracial orphan girl who goes on a journey of "self-discovery, navigating difficulties and misunderstandings, making the world a better place," a source close to the singer said.

Alcoholic apologizes for library assault

Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the London Free Press News which tells of a pickled patron who poured a large container of water on the head a visually impaired piano technician who had just finished tuning the libray's piano. He was arrested for assault, and gave his sincerest apologies after sleeping it off in the drunk tank, saying that he thought he was in a bar. Apparently, it's acceptable to pour water on someone's head in drinking establishments. The arrested man, according to the story, has an eight-page rap sheet."

Newspaper editorial on Bush and National Archives

Info Whale writes "Bush may have ulterior motives for his candidate
to become director of the National Archives - largest circulation newspaper in West Virginia posts
an editorial."

Here the possibilities they list from Bruce Craig, executive director of the National Coalition for History:
# January 2005 will make 12 years since the elder President Bush left office. After 12 years, some presidential records can be opened to the public. The nation’s archivist is in charge of that process. It’s possible that Bush’s son may not be in office next year.
# Also, records of the Sept. 11 Commission are scheduled to be transferred to the National Archives after the commission finishes its work and disbands later this year. Again, the archivist controls the speed at which those records see daylight.

Breasts bared in ballad broadsides

DiscoveryNews reports on researchers who say it was fashionable for women in 17th-Century England to dress with their breasts exposed, a practice shown on illustrated ballad sheets from the period.

"Angela McShane Jones, a lecturer in history at University of Warwick in Coventry, England, became interested in the subject while studying the nearly 2,000 woodcut ballads housed in the Samuel Pepys collection at Cambridge University. Additional ballad sheets located at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, Harvard University, and other institutions fuelled her study."

According to Jones' recent article in History Today (look at the hardcopy magazine or an online pdf for illustrations), "The evidence suggests that while displaying the breasts was supposed to be an upper-class affair, it had been vulgarized and imitated by lower-class women, aspiring to courtly fashion." Not surprisingly, "Sermons, pamphlets, broadsides and ballads, written against women showing their breasts ... were produced continuously."

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose ...

Pens for Afghanistan

madcow writes "Anonymous blogger Atrios is talking about an project by a blogger now working for the military in Afghanistan who says that literacy, and potentially, true reform, is being hindered by a simple lack of pens. Read it here.

Whether you like Atrios or not, it seems simple enough to support a call for pens from a country we're trying to rebuild. Let's show them that, unlike the taliban's fundamentalist extremists, we support literacy among the people."


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