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How Coronavirus Is Changing Public Libraries - Bloomberg

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:43

Coronavirus Tests the Limits of America’s Public Libraries With school closures and job loss, communities will need libraries more than ever. But constraints after Covid-19 mean they’ll have to rethink their role.

 

From: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-24/how-coronavirus-is-c… How Coronavirus Is Changing Public Libraries - Bloomberg

Late author Philip Roth left $2M to an N.J. library, report says

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:42
In addition to his entire personal book collection, late author Phillip Roth also donated at least $2 million to the library in his New Jersey hometown. The Pulitzer Prize winner, before his death last year, arranged to donate the money to the Newark Public Library, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The money, the report said, a large chunk of his $10 million estate, would be used to bolster the library’s general collection.

Rural Nebraska libraries reinventing themselves in 'makerspace' movement

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:29
The results after the first two 20-week cycles indicates the "Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities" project, a partnership between the library commission, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension and the Regional Library Systems, has found an appetite for makerspaces in public libraries from Plattsmouth to Ainsworth, Loup City to North Platte.
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Stolen Car Crashes into Southwest Side Chicago Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:45
From the Chicago Tribune, A 14-year-old boy was shot while riding in a stolen car Tuesday night on the Southwest Side, causing the driver to lose control and crash into a public library, according to Chicago police. The Scion crashed into the Chicago Lawn Library in the 6100 block of South Kedzie Avenue, sending books, wooden tables and glass flying.

Danvers Mass Library No Chuck E Cheese Tokens Fine Payments

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:53

<blockquote>Someone, however, thought it was worth a try. Sue Kontos, the bookkeeper at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, wound up tallying three Chuck E. Cheese's tokens and one Bonkers token while counting coins the other day before she realized they weren't real currency.

"Somehow, their coins turned up in the rest of the cash," Kontos said. The library accepts cash for overdue books, printing and fines for lost books — but not tokens.

"Everyone got a laugh out of it," she said.</blockquote>

Phoenix Central Library Closed Until June 2018

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:31

After suffering major damage during a monsoon storm, Burton Barr Library, the main library of the Phoenix Public Library will remain closed until June 2018. On July 15, 2017, high winds lifted the roof of the library causing the rupture of a fire-sprinkler pipe on the top floor. Torrents of water flooded the building before the system was shut off.

Earlier today, AZCentral released new information that city employees knew about the condition of the pipe for at least three years, but nothing was done to fix it.