Late library book nets 90-day probation for 12 year Old

To follow up on This One, Dan Lester and sharmor sent over this Denver Post Story with an interesting opening paragraph:
\"Marisa Gohr will think twice before checking out any more library books.\"

She\'s the 12-year-old that appeared Thursday in Littleton Municipal Court, charged with unlawful retention of library materials.

The judge accepted a guilty plea and sentenced the seventh-grader to 90 days of probation.

\"Marisa is scared to check out books,\" Norma Gohr said. \"This whole situation is ridiculous.\"


57 Year Late Rare Book Return Better Then Never.

The daughter of a Penn State patron returned a rare book borrowed by
her father in 1944.  The library graciously waived the late fee. picked up the
AP story


New Book Drop Checks in Books

The National Library Board in Singapore receives 200 suggestions a month. However, they liked one patron\'s suggestion so much, they developed the idea and patented it. The idea was a book drop that uses radio frequencies to detect returned books.
The story doesn\'t say if the patron will receive any money from the patent, which has interested libraries from New Zealand, Australia, and Scandinavian countries. Definitely \"good value for money,\" as is the new Public Service slogan.


Children\'s Books are Flying off Shelves

Librarians, teachers, and book stores say a notable increase has occurred in reading interest among children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75 percent of fourth-graders report reading for fun at least once a week. Of that group, 43 percent say they read every day. [more...] from Salon.


One dollar twenty-five cents

Don Saklad Sent in this Story on a new ad campaign in Boston. Another Story on the same things says the campaign was developed after library officials held focus groups with area residents, who told them why they didn’t go to the library. This Story, from L.A., says all it takes is internet access to bring\'m in.

\'\'One of the big misconceptions at the library is that there will be a huge fine if they haven\'t returned a library book in years, like you\'ll need a second mortgage on your house,\'\' said library spokeswoman P.A. d\'Arbeloff. \'\'The maximum fine for any book is $1.25. The money is not what\'s important here. We want you in the library.\'\'


Pretty Woman Deemed Pornography

Holly writes \"An update to a story from back in November about citizens trying to restrict R-rated movies at the Post Falls (ID) Public Library. The highlight of This Story is this quote:

But \"Pretty Woman,\" a film in which actress Julia Roberts portrays a prostitute, is pure pornography.\"

That pretty much sums up the whole problem with the term \"pornography,\" doesn\'t it? \"


But I Can Get Them From Blockbuster

While we fight, fight, and fight for Internet 1st Ammendment rights, another issue has popped up in public libraries all around the country...children checking out R-Rated movies. In this story from the Spokesman Review, a man brought the issue to the library board, and lossed. Whose responsibility is it? The parents or the library.

\"Last week, the library\'s five-member board denied resident Pat Kilpatrick\'s request to ban kids\' access to R-rated movies.

Kilpatrick said the decision \"undermines the integrity\" of Post Falls.

\"My concern has been that the community is trying to maintain standards,\" Kilpatrick said, who\'s also asking local churches for help in changing the library policy.\"


Pushing the Envelope of Electronic Scholarly Publishing

Searcher has a Story on Preprint Servers. The term \"preprint\" most often refers to a manuscript that has gone through a peer-review process and now awaits publication in a traditional journal. They say there is a \"critical mass\" of great information available here that cannot be ignored. There are pros and cons to this that make it quite interesting. Remember the \"Cold Fusion\" story from a few years ago? That was a Preprint story that didn\'t work out so well.


Warrant Issued for Overdue Books

The Akron Beacon Journal has this story about a man who owes over $4,000 in overdue fines.

\"In books, he likes to read about welding and chess. In music, Horace Young leans toward country. And in videos, he enjoys horror and comedy.

There\'s just one problem: Police say Young doesn\'t like to return the books, compact discs and videos that he checks out at the library.\"


Whose checking out non-fiction books from your library?

Cleveland Live has this wonderful article about a library survey that was conducted to beef up their non-fiction collection.

\"Bohemians are at the checkout desk and the librarians couldn’t be happier.\"

\"Fearing a decline in the use of its nonfiction collection, Lakewood Public Library used a customer profile to revamp its selection and rearrange its books. Residents were classified as members of the \"Bohemian Mix,\" \"Blue Blood Estates\" and \"Old Yankee Rows.\" Their tastes are reflected in new sections that feature tomes on traditional medicine, the paranormal, gardening and Mother\'s Day. It\'s Lakewood\'s way of keeping books relevant in an Internet age.\"



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