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Singapore bans gay penguin book
Singapore has ordered the destruction of a children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo after it was deemed inappropriate.
The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled the book from the shelves this weekend and said it would "pulp" the copies of three titles, citing complaints their content goes against Singapore's family values.
Literary Landmark: Lake Oswego Public LibraryThe Lake Oswego Public Library designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of William Stafford as the concluding event of a month-long Lake Oswego Reads program honoring Stafford.
Lemony Snicket Helps ‘Little Free Library’ Advocate Spencer Collins
A Kansas boy battling through a series of unfortunate events over his front-yard library is getting some support from author Daniel Handler.
Last month, 9-year-old Spencer Collins erected a “take a book, leave a book” structure as a Mother’s Day gift and as an attempt to engage with his Leawood, Kan., community. But then the Leawood City Council ordered him to remove the small library from his front yard and even threatened the young librarian with fines.
Who can be a library advocate? Anyone who cares about America's libraries! Library advocates play a key role in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society. Read more...
Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list. From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text. Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages. The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call." Read more...
With New Learning Labs, Teen Programming at Local Libraries Goes Digital
There’s some good news for libraries—and library patrons. The bleeding appears to have stopped. Library budgets—although not growing—are at least not shrinking any more, after years of tough going.
The recession slashed the budgets of most public libraries in the nation, leaving them struggling to maintain services, including the higher-cost digital services that community residents have come to rely on. E-books, internet connections, and 3D printers are the “World Book” set of years ago—the expensive, scarce resource that libraries provide when families cannot.
Racine, Wisconsin, Unified School District administrators will hold books removed from the libraries of Case High School and Mitchell Middle School until those schools’ new librarians can go through them and determine which should be removed or saved. The district announced the decision July 24, after librarians, staff, and parents decried the massive weeding of books from these schools, where staffing changes had briefly left the libraries without a librarian to consult during the process....
Racine (Wis.) Journal Times, July 24
The board of the Cape Henlopen School District in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on July 24 voted 6–1 to putThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth back on a suggested summer reading list. After about an hour of comments from the public, it decided that it did not have a proper way to evaluate the novels on the reading list for incoming freshman and could not make a decision until that protocol was established. Then the board voted to eliminate the entire list....
WBOC-TV, Salisbury, Md., July 25
Eight members of the Queens (N.Y.) Library board of trustees were dismissed July 23 by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz. The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Library Director Thomas W. Galante, who has been under investigation for using money earmarked for library improvements for renovations to his personal office and for steering contracts for the work to a friend....
New York Times, July 24
Seven months after the November 17 tornado and 10,000 photos later, the Morton (Ill.) Public Library was given a plaque for its post-disaster help. Illinois State Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) presented the honor to Library Director Janice Sherman and her staff on June 26 for collecting, sorting, and reuniting photos and other items with their owners. All photos were transferred on April 18 to the Washington (Ill.) District Library....
Morton (Ill.) Times-News, July 2
Charles Heffer, who died in May 2013 in Williamsburg, Michigan, at the age of 89, bequeathed more than $400,000 to each of two area libraries: Elk Rapids District Library and Kalkaska County Library. Elk Rapids set up a public survey to determine what to do with the windfall, while Kalkaska has designated the money for a new building....
WWTV, Cadillac, Mich., July 17
Becky Vevea writes: “Having a school library with a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s 600+ public schools. Two years ago, Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year: 313 librarians. This year? 254. Those are the numbers Megan Cusick, a librarian at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, laid out at a recent meeting held by the parent group Raise Your Hand.”...
WBEZ-FM, Chicago, July 23
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. The mayor decided to let the commission’s 8–5 vote from July 15 stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes. With the exception of libraries, commissioners signed off on Gimenez’s tax-rate plan....
Miami Herald, July 25
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