Friday Updates

The last Friday updates for the year include Home Depot, eagle scouts, bookmobiles, coffee beans, updating the classics, LOC, and much much more. Have a Happy New Year!!

The last Friday updates for the year include Home Depot, eagle scouts, bookmobiles, coffee beans, updating the classics, LOC, and much much more. Have a Happy New Year!!From the Post Gazette

Home Depot volunteers provide volumes of help

\”The new Home Depot store in Hampton won\’t open for another 15 months, but it\’s already having an impact on the community.\”
Fifteen local employees of the national home-improvement chain yesterday helped the staff of the Hampton Community Library move 28,000 books, periodicals and videotapes to a new location in Shoppers Plaza. The materials were loaded into a couple dozen of the store\’s signature.\”

From JS Online

Eagle Scout\’s project adds to inmates\’ library

\”Establishing a library at the Milwaukee County House of Correction enhanced education for workhouse inmates while providing lessons for a Franklin teenager who took up the cause as an Eagle Scout project.

\”This is one of the only ways that the inmates there can learn,\” said Brian Grochowski, 17, who after 65 hours collected 1,900 usable books and 24 bookcases for the project. \”This is one way they can benefit themselves before they get out of there and benefit society, too. They can pick up a little more before they\’re out on the streets.\”

Another one from JS Online

For some, bookmobile is their library

\”For 4,200 people in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, their local library is 34 feet long, open only every other week (at most) for only one hour at a time (at most) and of little use for any serious research.

And it comes with wheels attached.

For people here – and Belgium, Lake Church, Little Kohler and 18 other locales in the two counties – the Eastern Shores Library System bookmobile is their local library.\”

From the Lansing State Journal

Beaner\’s to warm Lansing library

\”Beaner\’s Gourmet Coffee\’s Michael McFall likes to tell people he\’s bent on \”world domination and a hostile takeover of Starbucks.\”

It\’s a standard line meant to grab your attention by a confident but otherwise mild-mannered businessman. But like most overstatements, there is a morsel of truth to it.

McFall, Beaner\’s vice president of development, plans to double the nine-store, Lansing-based company in 2001. The expansion will start with its first out-of-state stores and a third downtown Lansing location, this one inside the public library on Lenawee Street.\”

From the State Journal Register

Library foundation aims to update classics

\”By definition, a classic novel is one whose reputation for excellence has endured the test of time.

The problem with that fact is time itself. As books are handled and read year after year, they begin to show signs of wear and tear, and the most worn books in many libraries are the treasured classics by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Mark Twain.

That\’s why for its annual fund-raising campaign this year the Lincoln Library Foundation has decided to target the refurbishing of the Springfield public library system\’s classics collection.\”

From the Sun Sentinel

Library of Congress lists 25 classic films for preservation

\”The librarian of Congress named 25 classic films for preservation in the National Film Registry, from Bela Lugosi\’s \”Dracula,\” a grandparent of today\’s horror movie, to the cinematic record of President William McKinley\’s inauguration in 1901.
\”Fifty percent of the films produced before 1950 and at least 90 percent made before 1920 have disappeared forever,\” librarian James Billington said in announcing the list Wednesday. \”And, ominously, more films are lost each year.\”

From Detroit News

Southfield wars over new library

\”The peace and tranquility of the Southfield Public Library offers no clues to the loud and ugly fight behind the plans to build a new facility.
Nearly everyone — the Mayor\’s Office, the city Planning Commission, the library board and the City Council — is involved in the fray over how to build the proposed $36.8-million library.
Everyone agrees a new library is needed. The current library, built in 1960 and 44,000 square feet in size, is inadequate for the city\’s population of 76,000 residents. There\’s not enough space or books, and it lacks in technology. But that\’s just about where the agreement ends.\”

From Dallas News

Determined citizens rallied around library in 1890s

\”Is a city really a city if it doesn\’t give its residents a free public library?

But that is precisely what Dallas was in 1890, when the city, with about 38,000 people, boasted the largest population in Texas. It still had no free public library.

May Dickson Exall, the president of the Shakespeare Club of Dallas in the 1890s and later the first president of the Public Library Association, began the first successful campaign for a library in 1899.\”