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In response to controversy, hundreds pack Mount Horeb library for reading of transgender book

Submitted by dubuquer on Sat, 12/05/2015 - 21:54

MOUNT HOREB — In a turnout that stunned organizers, nearly 600 people filled the library here Wednesday night to hear a public reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl, with many in the crowd expressing strong support for a local family with a transgender child.

From http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/in-response-to-controversy-hundreds-pack-mount-horeb-library-for/article_095da109-0caf-534e-9879-3cb4e0c769ee.html

Ten Stories That Shaped 2013

Submitted by John on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:37

Once more we look back at the notable library happenings of the past year.
Memorable Stories
10. Timbuktu Library Rescue

In January, Islamic militants torched an archive that had contained many ancient manuscripts. Fortunately, prior to this, people had removed the materials from the city.

9. The Hudson Falls Free Library Reading Contest

A Churchill 'Quote' That U.S. Politicians Will Never Surrender

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:37

NPR piece about quote attributed to Churchill that cannot be verified. Librarians are often asked to find quotes and many librarians are asked to verify quotes.

Here is a quotes website attributing the quote to Churchill:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/winstonchu135259.html

Apps, Babies, & the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Submitted by shelfcheck on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 08:03

This past Wednesday, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood--an organization best-known for "taking down" Baby Einstein videos a few years ago--urged the FEC to look into the marketing of apps for babies. The CCFC is both looking particularly at apps by Fisher-Price and Open Solutions, and more generally arguing that apps have no educational merit whatsoever when it comes to young children.

Ten Stories That Shaped 2012

Submitted by John on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:16

It's that time again... let's look back at this year's top library headlines.

10. Bird Flu Study is Published

After researchers found a way to spread H5N1 to humans, an interesting test ensued of the bounds of free speech versus public health. Citing concerns over bioterrorism, a government panel wanted to ban publication of the scientific findings. The paper was printed, in full, in the journal Science.

LeBron James, open book: Star credits reading for making him calmer during playoffs

Submitted by Bearkat on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 23:38

"Turns out there's nothing whatsoever feigned about LeBron's one-man book club. Nobody's paying him to read (although it's OK for folks to be paid to lose weight on TV). He's not doing product-placement favors for any author buddies. Simply, LeBron James decided before the playoffs he would be best served if he stopped watching hour after hour of sports on television, and got off the Internet, and stopped tweeting, and stopped reading Twitter."

Ten Stories That Shaped 2011

Submitted by John on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 10:47

It's time again to look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly library stories of the past year.

Honorable Mention: Lenny Bruce Should Have Been a Librarian

Hot on the heels of the popular book Go the Fuck to Sleep comes a straight-talking site that all library marketers should take note of: Go the Fuck to the Library.

10. Neither Fax nor E-mail nor IM

A U. of California Librarian asks: What happened to the American flags on the moon?

Submitted by Bearkat on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 10:52

"As a symbol of the Fourth of July holiday, it is easy for the conversation this time of year to turn to iconic American flags, like the flag the Marines raised at Iwo Jima; the one firefighters put up at ground zero; and the one that flew over Fort McHenry and was the inspiration for what would become our national anthem."

"As the space shuttle program comes to an end this week, CBS News decided to look into the flags the astronauts left behind on six trips to the moon. What's become of them?"