Benches Shaped Like Open Books Will Pop Up in London this Summer

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 19:50

News from the UK

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust says: “We are very excited to be bringing a collection of BookBenches to London this summer to spread the love of reading across the capital. From Conan Doyle’s Sherlock to Cressida’s dragons, there will be plenty in store for visitors to celebrate reading for enjoyment and the UK’s rich literary culture.”

Russian court demands U.S. Library of Congress hand over Jewish texts

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:11

Good Shabbat.

Via Reuters: A Russian court demanded on Thursday that the U.S. Library of Congress hand back seven precious Jewish texts to Moscow - and, in a tit-for-tat ruling, said it should pay a massive fine for every day it delays.

The so-called Schneerson collection, claimed by both Russia and the New York-based Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group, has become a bone of contention in Russia-U.S. ties, at their lowest for decades due to the Ukraine crisis.

It's World Book Day...and Night!

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:26

The International Publishers Association released a document on how the day is celebrated around the world.

Since 1995, the 23rd of April (birth date of Shakespeare and Cervantes) has been designated by UNESCO as World Book & Copyright Day, with many events taking place to celebrate books, authors and reading.

Applications now open for Librarians Without Borders service trip to Guatemala

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:31

 LIS students and professionals are invited to apply for the Librarians Without Borders Guatemala service trip. Trip Participants will travel to Guatemala, visiting school and community libraries in Quetzaltenango and Chajul. Volunteers will complete seven days of work with two partner organizations: the Asturias Academy and Limitless Horizons Ixil. Other trip activities include sightseeing, cultural visits and workshops designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala.

Hundreds of Ann Frank's Diary Copies Vandalized in Tokyo's Libraries

Submitted by birdie on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:31

From The New York Times:

TOKYO — Japan on Friday promised to begin an investigation into the mysterious mutilation of hundreds of copies of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and other books related to her at public libraries across Tokyo.