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The Map Library Intrusion: "Less than a year ago, someone ignored the stop sign in front of our Map Library and went straight into the building. The library sits at the end of a pretty busy dead-end road, but it is clearly marked. Well, we just got word that another idiot decided to ignore the sign and crashed into the Map Library. The damage is much less than last time, leaving only a foot-long hole in the wall, but still! What is wrong with people? Why do people hate maps??"
Boston.com Reports A 160-year-old marble bust of Jesus was attacked at the main branch of the Boston Public Library earlier this month, knocked from its perch on the grand staircase and sent crashing to the floor. Nearby, a matching marble bust of Lucifer was left untouched.
Library surveillance video given to police showed a man and a woman attacking the bust at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 12. It was not the first time the bust was attacked.
A Lewiston ME woman who was upset by the content of an acclaimed sex education book published 14 years ago ("It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health") has checked out copies from two libraries and refuses to give them back.
"Since I have been sufficiently horrified of the illustrations and the sexually graphic, amoral abnormal contents, I will not be returning the books," JoAn Karkos wrote the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries last month. She paid the cover price to the libraries.
Boston.com reports: "This has never happened before," said Rick Speer, director of the Lewiston Public Library. "It is clearly theft."
Speer returned the check, along with a form Karkos could use to request that the book be removed from library shelves. But he said he may seek help from police if she doesn't return what she borrowed. "That's really what we want," Speer said. "We want the book back."
The Story From China is quite interesting to say the least. Thirty-six Bajrang Dal activists were arrested on charges of demolishing a library in Mamdapur town for keeping a book allegedly containing objectionable references against Lord Rama, police said today.
The situation in Mamdapur, where police fired in the air to disperse the mob yesterday, was under control with the deployment of personnel from State Reserve Police Force.
Man arrested in Criss Library for possession of child pornography A man was arrested last Monday in the University of Nebraska library for allegedly viewing child pornography on one of the library's computers, according to a police report and Campus Security crime log.
The man, is a level three registered sex offender and not affiliated with the university, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of Campus Security.
The Netherlands: The public library and the zoo had some unusual visitors early Monday. Both were robbed.
Police said two thieves hit the ticket counter at the Artis Zoo shortly after it opened and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
Earlier, around 2 a.m. (0100GMT), three masked and armed men overpowered the guards at a newly opened 13-story building housing the library's main branch and other offices. Police declined to say what was taken.
The former head librarian at Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland has entered a plea in two felony charges and now must make restitution.
Jane Mehaffey and her attorney appeared before Chief Judge Martin Gaughan of the First Judicial Circuit Tuesday after reaching a plea agreement with the county prosecutor's office.
Hancock County Prosecutor James W. Davis Jr., charged that from on or about April 1, 2005, to Sept. 26, 2006, Mehaffey committed the offenses of falsifying accounts, engaging in fraudulent schemes and embezzlement.
Anonymous Patron writes "Well, at least this one apparently didn't pull porn past the filter or tote it in with him, but what he was accused of doing is quite disgusting enough, thank you.
The library's website indicates they have Wi-Fi so it's likely he was using it, and since the other party to the chat was believed to be over 18 it looks like he'll get off with a misdemeanor. Frankly, however, I wouldn't mind if they found a way to turn the heat on him up a notch or two since there were children present.
And I'm hoping this sort of thing doesn't begin serving to cool the enthusiasm for expanding wireless access in public libraries. Once again, are any of you here seeing things like this happening locally?"
A former librarian at a Leavenworth, Kansas, elementary school has been indicted on child pornography charges.
A federal grand jury indicted Anthony Baker, 35, of Leavenworth, on one count each of producing and possessing child pornography.
Baker resigned as librarian at Muncie Elementary School in late July, said Mike Aytes, superintendent of the Leavenworth School District.