Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include Harry Potter in Vietnam, a library with no books, parents responsibility, funding losses, flooding, the future, and much more.

Friday updates for this week include Harry Potter in Vietnam, a library with no books, parents responsibility, funding losses, flooding, the future, and much more.


Harry Potter’ takes Vietnam

\”Vietnam has fallen under Harry Potter’s spell: Rave reviews met this week’s publication of the communist country’s first full-length version of a book in the popular series about the boy wizard.\”

From Boulder News

After 8 years library gets books

\”The Erie Library Association had almost everything in place for a children\’s library, except books, until the town and Weld County forged an agreement to get them.

Foundation work, a new furnace, roofing, plumbing, electricity and stucco have been added to the Erie Children\’s Library, a 750-square-foot building at 625 Pierce St. in Old Town. Town Trustees approved an agreement with the Weld Library District on Tuesday that brings books to the building.\”

From the New York Times

Are Parents Legally Responsible for Their Children\’s Internet Use?

\”Most people would agree that it\’s a good idea for parents to supervise their children\’s use of computers and the Internet. But what happens if a mother or father fails to do so?

According to a state judge in Illinois, that parent can face trial in court.\”

From the Binghamton News

Endicott library loses appeals on funding vote

\”State Education Commissioner Richard Mills has rejected appeals from the board of Endicott\’s public library to invalidate a vote last May that eliminated $190,000 in funding for the library.
The library board filed two appeals with the state education commissioner\’s office in Albany seeking to nullify the May vote in which residents of the Union-Endicott Central School District voted 1,395 to 1,127 to end the library tax for the George F. Johnson Memorial Library in Endicott.\”

From the Kentucky Post

Flooding from burst pipe closes Union library

\”The typically quiet atmosphere of the Boone County Public Library in Union was replaced Monday night by the roar of industrial vacuum cleaners as workers sucked up water that poured over two floors when a frozen pipe burst.\”

From the Columbus Dispatch

Library gathers ideas for future

\”Personalized Web sites. Computer-training labs. Electronic books.

The Worthington Public Library has been reimagining how patrons might use its services and what those services might be.

When the library begins planning its future in March, its dream likely will include a brick-and-mortar proposal for its 3.79-acre parcel on Sancus Boulevard, between Lazelle and Park roads, said Meribah Mansfield, director.\”

From the Canoe

Library pays $1.5M for Joyce manuscript

\”Dublin\’s National Library paid $1.5 million US for a signed, handwritten manuscript of the longest chapter of James Joyce\’s Ulysses.

The Circe episode accounts for nearly one-fifth of the 1922 epic. It describes the nightmarish journey of the book\’s two central characters, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through the Dublin underworld.\”

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Library speeds services
Self-checkout is computerized

\”If you have a library card, your next visit to one of the 10 branches of the Gwinnett County Library system could include little time waiting in line.

Each of the branches is now equipped with new self-service checkout technology, a system library officials had installed recently. Scan your card, scan your selections, and you are on your way.\”

From the Mercury

Mold in school library books raises questions

\”Lower Pottsgrove Elementary Principal Cheryl Overly sent home a letter informing parents that a student returned a book to the school’s library last week, and the librarian \”found what appeared to be mold inside it.\” Subsequent tests to the substance found it to be \”aspergillus.\”

While the discovery of mold might not seem like a serious problem on the face of it, it was the discovery of at least two forms of toxic mold, aspergillus and cladosporium, which helped turn concerns about air quality at the school into a full-blown crisis.\”