March 2005

The greatest stories ever told

The Guardian Unlimited: JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson top the bestseller lists. Businessmen and teenagers alike devour Harry Potter and His Dark Materials. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, says Dina Rabinovitch – there is so much talent out there that this is a truly extraordinary era in children’s literature

Internet pornography filters urged at all libraries

Anonymous Patron writes One From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb, R-Bethel Park, hopes libraries across the county will adopt strict filtering measures to prevent similar incidents. He wants the eiNetwork, the computer network that links the 44 public library systems of the Allegheny County Library Association, to use filters capable of blocking all pornographic or inappropriate material found on the Web.

Record Harry Potter printing planned for Potter Book 6

This News probably comes as no suprise, Scholastic Inc. is betting that people are more interested in Harry Potter than ever.

The U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling’s series announced Wednesday a record-breaking first print run of 10.8 million copies for the sixth volume: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which will go on sale in the United States at midnight on July 16.

High School teacher faces more complaints about books – Fosters

News From New Hampshire, where A teacher who got fired a decade ago for assigning controversial books to her classes is facing a fresh complaint.

Penny Culliton was fired from Mascenic High School in 1995 after assigning three books with homosexual themes to her English classes. She fought the decision and eventually was reinstated.

Now, the school’s Curriculum Committee is considering a parent’s complaint about a book being used in Culliton’s tenth-grade class. The parent says “Dangerous Angels� by Francesca Lia Block is disgusting.

Web boosts library use

JET sent along This Article (SOrry, reg. req.) that says the web is helping public libraries. They say scholars at the end of the 19th century believed the newly invented telephone would signal the end of the public library.
They said the same of microfilm as it became popular after World War II. And the Internet – the library’s latest top enemy – was supposed to serve the final blow in the ’80s and early ’90s.

“Almost every new technological development that has come out was supposed to end libraries,” said Carol Brey-Casiano, president of the American Library Association.
“The truth is, with the Internet, what we have seen is the converse has happened. The Internet has brought more people into libraries.”

Publishing Dunces

Anonymous Patron writes “From Most casual readers would probably be astounded by the fact that even with the rows upon rows of books available there are thousands of writers whose books just don’t make it to not only those shelves, but to print. C. I. Chatelle says tragically, publishing has become another industry that has gone the way of media concentration, owned and managed by the almighty dollar.”