Despite protest, 'Sandpiper' to remain in library

The Tuscaloosa County school board has grudgingly allowed the novel Sandpiper to stay in the Brookwood High School library despite a teen's protest against it and the board's own dislike for its material.

"It disappoints us that the decisions of the courts have taken away this local Board of Education's ability to make decisions that protect these very same school children," Whitehead said. "Based upon legal counsel, we therefore have reluctantly decided to take no action."

Queens Library #1 in Nationwide Circ

The Queens Library really has something to shout about, namely leading the nation's circulation with a whopping 20.2 million items!

Queens Library offers six million items for loan and features a collection spanning 30 languages. They serve around 55,000 people per day.

Second highest circ goes to Multnomah County Public Library in Portland, OR.


Bring Back That Book, Or It's Gonna Hurt

Checking out a book from the West Fork Public Library in Arkansas and then keeping could really cost you.

A new measure before the town's council could criminalize the act and levy a $100 fine per item. While keeping a library book is stealing, I've not seen too many places where they actually spell that out in a law.

More from NWAnews.


Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856

Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856, by Douglas A. Galbi, Senior Economist, Federal Communications Commission: Library book circulation per user has no strong, long-run trend. From 1856 to 1978, library users borrowed from U.S. public libraries about 15 books per user per year. From 1978 to 2004, book circulation per user declined approximately 50%. The growth of audiovisuals circulation, estimated at 25% of total circulation in 2004, accounts for about half of this decline. These figures depend on estimates and disparate samples of libraries with varying circulation and user accounting methods. Nonetheless, these figures are of sufficient quality to suggest that historically established institutions significantly stabilize borrowing behavior.


Potential Partnership between Netflix and Brooklyn PL

Brooklyn Public Library and Netflix are considering a partnership to bring DVDs and videos into the homes of library card holders, Business Week reports.

This initiative "would involve creating a list of movies that Netflix would provide for library patrons for free, the paper said, which would save the library system the cost of buying the expensive DVDs. In return, the system would pay Netflix for the service." This service would be part of the library's plans to increase customer service by incorporating more home delivery of library items.

While a Netflix representative quoted in the article was unaware of any possible partnership, John Vitali, chief fiscal officer for Brooklyn PL, is quoted as expressing a desire to "work with Netflix and really get that inventory together, really use Netflix as the delivery mechanism."

Library; collection agency; Ohio this time

mdoneil writes "Avon Lake (I wonder if it smells like perfume?) Ohio brings us this story about their library using a collection agency.

The slackers owe the library $30K in fines and charges for lost materials."

RFID Passports Coming

Search Engines Web sent in a link to a CNN story about upcoming changes to US passports:

Imagine being overseas and your identity being available for the taking - your nationality, your name, your passport number. Everything. That's the fear of privacy and security specialists now that the State Department plans to issue "e-Passports" to American travelers beginning in late August.

The Department of State has a FAQ page up as well.

Library card collection

An Anonymous Patron writes "
From The News Kevlin, 47, has worked as the library services secretary for the Tacoma Public School District for 15 years. Two years ago, the Puyallup resident came across a library directory Web site and started collecting cards by sending e-mails to branches around the country.

I'd say I'm collecting library cards and I'd like one from their system, Kevlin said.

He now has 158 of them."


Children's books recalled because of problem with cover

The Associated Press reports About 41,000 children's books have been recalled by Advantage Publishers Group because if the clear plastic container is removed from the book's back cover or breaks, young children can access the beads inside it, posing a choking hazard.

TV News on libraries' use of collection agencies

Elizabeth Thomsen writes "Here's a consumer story from Boston's CBS affiliate Channel 4 on libraries using collection agencies, and how this can affect credit. They say Most librarians don't want to go this route, but can be faced with fines that exceed $1,000. Many are willing to try anything to keep their shelves stocked. "


Mixed Up DVDs Surprise Mormon Buyers

Here's a brief story about how buyers at the Deseret Bookstore in Salt Lake City ended up with "Diary of a Porn Star" (starring Ben Dover?) in lieu of "Sons of Provo."


Tighter Controls on Books about Witchcraft and the Occult in Manawatu

Kathleen writes "Some odd patrons at the Palmerston North City Library.
Teenage girls who "overdose" on television programmes like Charmed have encouraged Palmerston North Library to put tighter controls on books about witchcraft and the occult. Also
erotica and sex manuals,Hot Rod and Fine Scale Modeller,people interested in pit bulls [who]can be a shady lot,books of Nazi insignia, or about heavy metal rockers, and anything featuring rocker-suicide Kurt Cobain.
And it looks so peaceful.
Conveniently located half way between Taupo and Wellington, Manawatu is the "gateway" to the Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Rangitikei and Wanganui Regions. Stay a week in Palmerston North - you can explore all five regions plus Manawatu."


Banned, UnBanned, Now Borrowed: "America" (The Book)

Follow up to the 1)banning and 2) reversal of banning of "America" (The Book) by Jon Stewart. It's flying off the library shelves in Mississippi. Story from the Sun Herald .

Good PR for a book that has already proven popular. Do you suppose any of this was planned in advance by the publishers?


Good Idea: The "Did You Miss Me" Table

Patrons of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, it turns out, are a lot like the general book-buying public: They go for thrillers, detective yarns and Harry Potter.

But this article from The Columbia also suggests an interesting way for patrons to enjoy popular books...last year's popular titles.

They're on the "Did You Miss Me?" table, just past the entrance at the Vancouver Community Library (WA). Librarian Karin Ford said that since the table was set up in September 2003, it has generated 20,000 check-outs of books that might otherwise be overlooked...and "more of a return on our investment."


Gone but Not Forgotten - Those Circulation Cards

Interesting essay by Robert Klose in the Christian Science Monitor about the elimination of circulation cards with borrowers names and addresses.

The author laments their passing (for privacy reasons) as they once were the source of a short but interesting correspondence for him on the subject of early European migration.


Book lending falls 30% in Scotland as libraries turn to technology

Anonymous Patron writes "Book lending falls 30% as libraries turn to technology says The number of books borrowed by Scots from the nation’s libraries has plummeted by 30% in less than a decade – a situation that experts claim is the inevitable consequence of spending scarce funds on computers instead of new titles.
I kept reading about higher circ. numbers in the States, not true elsewhere?"


Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tribune reminds residents of East Bay that in addition to books and tapes, their local library can lend them tools...over 2,000 in fact. In addition to stud sensors and orbital sanders, a listing of what's available (and what is not) is here at their website.


It's Time to Weed in Santa Cruz

One branch per month in the Santa Cruz library system is systematically weeded of excess books. Besides being unable to purchase additional shelving and insufficient space for the books, librarians discard those books that don't measure up.

In this article from the Santa Cruz Sentinal , the acronym MUSTIE is used to determine which books will go...the FOL always get first dibs.


Jefferson banned from some Virginia middle schools

Fang-Face writes "A quivering administrator in Fairfax County, Virginia, has banned the film 1776 from middle school civics curricula. The reason for this censorship is sexual innuendo due to Jefferson saying he "burns" for his wife, whom he has not seen in six months. I had to do a search through Google to find an article with enough information to build a context (in most cases the article had been abstracted down to the first four paragraphs only) and finally found this report at This article also mentions how Fairfax has been the subject, for some time, of a trend towards stipping classrooms and libraries of materials."

We've covered PABBIS and other Fairfax stories in the past.


Yet Another Uber-Overdue Book Story

John Hubbard writes "The Associated Press is reporting on a 94-Year-Overdue Book, returned by a woman to Vernon Public Library in Connecticut. The $685 late fee was waived.

Similar tales have been covered previously.

Unshelved ran a week about overdue books in April. "



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