Submitted by Blake on November 7, 2019 - 9:42am
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. And the gift included additional funding to help renovate a space to house his 7,000-book personal collection, it said.
Submitted by Blake on March 6, 2019 - 1:29pm
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.
From Rural Nebraska libraries reinventing themselves in 'makerspace' movement | Education | journalstar.com
Submitted by birdie on January 10, 2018 - 8:20pm
The Altadena CA Library has a page of useful resources for mudslide information and assistance here
Submitted by birdie on December 13, 2017 - 9:45am
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. The car came to rest in the middle of a large room of the library, breaking out its glass windows.
Submitted by birdie on October 27, 2017 - 11:28am
An award might be in your future.
Here’s information from ALA/PLA if you wish to make a nomination.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 1, 2017 - 2:53pm
<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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on August 18, 2017 - 3:31pm
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.
Photos and more at AZCentral.
Submitted by birdie on July 25, 2017 - 12:43pm
Submitted by rteeter on July 17, 2017 - 12:34pm
About 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, a 36-year-old San Jose man shocked patrons and employees of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Submitted by birdie on July 16, 2017 - 8:07pm
From AZ Central
an explanation and video of how the sprinkler system was set off by an atypical monsoon on Saturday.
Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler said a pipe in the ceiling of the building's fifth floor ruptured when the storm lifted the roof and caused it to move in a wave-like fashion.
“When (the roof) slammed back down it broke a sprinkler pipe," Bigler said. “That caused about 50 to 60 gallons a minute of water to start flowing through the building." All five stories were affected.
Submitted by birdie on July 14, 2017 - 5:17pm
From the July/August issue of the Saturday Evening Post a selection fron author N. West Moss's new story collection
, focusing on a day in the life of a librarian at the Bryant Park NYPL .
N. West Moss was the winner of the Post’s 2015 Great American Fiction Contest for “Omeer’s Mangoes,” which, with “Absence of Sound,” appears in her first short-story collection, The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (Leapfrog Press, 2017). This story first appeared in Neworld Review. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, and Brevity, among others.
Submitted by birdie on June 7, 2017 - 11:17am
has a report on the slashing of the budget for Talking Books in Montana libraries.
The proposed cuts merge the Talking Book Library and eliminate the program’s director and one of three reader’s advisers.
Submitted by birdie on May 30, 2017 - 9:15am
From Colorado Public Radio
a piece about the main library and how staff are trying to safeguard library visitors.
One person recently died in the library bathroom from a drug overdose. That inspired the library to began a program to instruct staff how to administer the drug antidote, Narcan.
"A lot of the root causes of the behaviors that are finding their way through our doors are happening throughout Denver, and that's daunting,” said Chris Henning, communications manager for the Denver Public Library. “We're trying to do what we can do specifically for our facilities to make sure they're safe. And at the same time, help the city address these bigger problems. These societal problems however we can to try and make an impact on that, because they're just coming at us at a rate that we have not seen before."
Submitted by birdie on May 4, 2017 - 10:41am
A simmering feud between two men led to gunfire, disorienting panic and calls to police of possible mass casualties at Miami-Dade’s main library
In the end, only the gun-wielding man was shot — by a police officer who was off duty in uniform working at the downtown library. Dozens of patrons, some of whom witnessed the altercation, were led to safety.
Do we still think open carry is a good idea?
Submitted by birdie on May 3, 2017 - 1:21pm
Submitted by birdie on March 20, 2017 - 9:12am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)
— San Francisco public library staffers may soon be trained to administer medication to reverse heroin overdoses among the growing number of opioid users who are homeless.
The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead in one of the Civic Center library's restrooms in early February, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday.
In a Feb. 28 letter to his staff that was obtained by the Chronicle, City Librarian Luis Herrera said that a decision about training librarians to treat overdose with naloxone will not be made until the issue is fully explored. He added that if done, it would be on "a strictly voluntary basis."
What do you think of this idea? Would you volunteer to give naloxone if necessary?
Submitted by birdie on March 18, 2017 - 9:00am
California State Librarian, Greg Lucas, seeks money for CA libraries in a visit to Congress.
It’s going to be a tough fight: The president’s budget today proposed deep cuts into public libraries’ existing budgets, and it would eliminate perhaps a third of the state library’s budget.
In California, more than half the population — about 22 million — have library cards.
Congress is closely divided and partisanship is deeply entrenched, but a sound library system is not a partisan issue, argues Lucas. Story from Capitol Weekly.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on January 23, 2017 - 3:31pm
From the article:
After working on the problem through the night, tech experts regained control of the server, Jen Hatton, PR and content manager, said Friday.
She said the staff would work to restore checkout capabilities, which are handled by an outside vendor. As of 7 p.m. Friday, checkout and computer services remained suspended.
The library did not pay the ransom demanded by hackers and reported the attack to the FBI, Hatton said.
More from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Submitted by birdie on January 12, 2017 - 12:20pm
The Committee to Save NYPL is petitioning the Landmarks Preservation Commission to officially designate the Rose Reading Room and other public spaces in the 42nd Street Library as interior landmarks. We need your help!
Please sign this petition and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Preservationists had formally requested these spaces be designated years ago, but their demands were ignored by the city agency charged with protecting our cultural and architectural heritage. With the recent calendaring of the Ambassador Grill and the Waldorf Astoria interiors, we are optimistic that LPC will finally ensure that these cherished rooms will be preserved for posterity.
R. Michael Brown once remarked that the “story of our lives is written in interiors.” There can be no doubt that few New York City interiors have transformed as many lives as those in the 42nd Street Library. They deserve landmark protection.
Submitted by birdie on November 28, 2016 - 5:43pm
The Chicago Public Library and Chicago Transit Authority
are partnering to offer free content to CTA riders, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said.
By using the CTA's 4G wireless network, train and bus riders will be able to access Chicago Public Library content like e-books by Chicago authors, blog posts about Chicago and other material all for free.
The city said this is a new way to spotlight a new generation of Chicago writers.