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Glass panels will continue to fall from Montreal's Grande Bibliotheque

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The Sky Is Falling! Going to the library could be dangerous to your health.

The $98-million Grande Bibliotheque - Quebec's main library and archive - has been falling apart a few pieces at a time. Glass panels have been slipping from the library's exterior but book lovers and pedestrians will be protected in a novel way - a proposed safety perimeter of gardens, trees and awnings, also the most affordable option.

Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at uni

Mister Cow Cow writes "From Iowa: Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at university library, A man accused of watching child pornography on a computer at the main library at the University of Iowa last summer has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Russell Pitcher of Coralville faces up to five years in prison and a 75-hundred dollar fine.

KY State Librarian's Plans a Mystery

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Anonymous Patron writes "Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) has a nice report on Jim Nelson commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, is Kentucky's longest-serving state librarian. Governor John Y. Brown appointed him in 1980 to the state post, which provides leadership and support to libraries statewide. This month, after 26 years of service to the Frankfort-based office, Nelson will retire and begin a career writing mystery novels. A public reception in his honor will be from 2-4 p.m.

100-year-old KS Librarian keeps dust off the floor

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Anonymous Patron writes "LJWorld.com has one on Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, librarian at at the Coal Creek Library in Kansas, far the past 80 years. just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away at the state's oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument to the small community of Vinland up and running. It's good to be back here, she says.

US Government decries governmental censorship

madcow writes "The State department wants information to be free according to this article at ABC. "The State Department announced plans Tuesday to step up a campaign to combat efforts by foreign governments to restrict use of the Internet. At a news conference, Josette Shiner, a top State Department trade expert, called the Internet "the greatest purveyor of news and information in history" but said too often the flow is blocked by government censors.