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265 'Anne Frank' books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.
Japan and Nazi Germany were allies in World War II, and though Holocaust denial has occurred in Japan at times, the motive for damaging the Frank books is unclear. Police are investigating.
In the Nakano district libraries, the vandals apparently damaged the books while unnoticed inside reading rooms, according to city official Mitsujiro Ikeda.
"Books related to Ms. Anne Frank are clearly targeted, and it's happening across Tokyo," he said Friday. "It's outrageous."
Literary Landmark: Tahlequah Public Library
Tahlequah (Okla.) Public Library was designated a Literary Landmark in recognition of the literary contributions of Woodrow Wilson Rawls (1913-1984), author of Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys.
Rawls’ early childhood was spent on his mother’s Cherokee allotment 13 miles northeast of Tahlequah, along the Illinois River in Cherokee County. As a young boy, he was inspired to become a writer by Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Rawls visited the Carnegie Library in Tahlequah when he was young. He wrote, “The day I discovered libraries was one of the biggest days of my life. Practically all of my spare time was spent there. I read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to creative writing. I didn’t just read those books, I practically memorized them.”
Lynchburg library rolls out e-reader program
Lynchburg is taking the next leap into the digital era by rolling out a new e-reader lending program through its public library.
Library card holders now can check out Nooks and Kindles from the Lynchburg Public Library’s main branch on Memorial Avenue.
The digital devices come preloaded with a list of best-selling titles from authors such as John Green, Neil Gaiman and Nora Roberts.
“We want to stay current with what our patrons need, and how they’re reading,” said Beverly Blair, library supervisor for youth services.
“Many of our patrons are using e-readers now, and we’ve noticed these programs are becoming a national trend. Many libraries are doing it, even other libraries in our area.”
ALA Philippines Library Relief Fund
The Philippines face a long path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, on November 8, 2013. Libraries were not spared the wrath of the storm.The American Library Association is accepting donations from the United States for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged. Please make a tax deductible donation to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.
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...
Ready to Read grant awarded to Hood River County Library District
Hood River County Library District has received a $4,425 grant to improve public library services to children. The Ready to Read grant funds will be used to create several “mini-libraries” in underserved areas around the county, especially in Odell. These libraries will be located in areas where children often have downtime with their parents: laundromats, food bank distribution centers, etc. The libraries will include books for small children to help instill in them a love of reading. The Library District particularly thanks Representative Mark Johnson and Senator Chuck Thomsen for their support of the Ready to Read grant program.
The Ready to Read grant was established by the Oregon State Legislature in 1993 to assist local libraries in helping to achieve the Oregon benchmarks for childhood learning and development. This grant, funded by the General Fund of the State of Oregon, is administered by the Oregon State Library. Oregon libraries may use these funds for the statewide summer reading program for children ages 0-14 and early literacy services for children ages 0-6.
Ukrainian Library Association Vice-President Valentyna Pashkova writes: “During the months of January and February 2014, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine found itself at the center of the antigovernment clashes in Kiev. Severe clashes between the protesters and government forces took place in front of the library. Librarians remained neutral and did not take direct part in the protests, but helped save people and protect library collections and the building. The Ukrainian Library Association and other organizations formed a Ukrainian National Committee on February 21 to help preserve cultural property.”...
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Mar. 4
The Kansas Senate may consider a bill that would make it easier to prosecute teachers, librarians, or school principals for exposing students to materials deemed offensive. Senate Bill 401 (PDF file), approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in late February, was drafted in response to a January incident at a Shawnee Mission middle school in which a poster used in sex education classes was put on a classroom door....
Wichita (Kans.) Eagle, Feb. 28
On February 27, nearly 200 people packed Courtroom 1 in the Watauga County (N.C.) Courthouse to find out the fate of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. With a vote of 3–2, the school board elected to keep the book in sophomore honors English classrooms—a certain victory for the freedom to read. Parent Chastity Lesesne had filed a complaint against the book in October after it was assigned to her son in a sophomore honors English class....
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Mar. 3
Meridian, Idaho, has six new little free libraries, thanks to donations from Home Depot and volunteer work at the Meridian Library. Silverstone Branch Manager Natalie Nation spearheaded the project, which harnessed the energies of local high school students on February 22 to build little free libraries for six locations around town. Some little free libraries will be equipped with a box that will promote digital content, including library information and ebooks. Nation, a participant in ALA’s Leadership Institute, launched the initiative as a leadership goal....
Meridian (Idaho) Press, Feb. 25
How much do you love the library? The Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, wants to know. As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, the library asked its patrons to share their love letters to the oldest public library system west of the Mississippi River....
Portland Oregonian, Feb. 28
A worsening budget picture will prompt more layoffs than expected in the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library. In late February, Director Marcia Warner emailed staff about a “new financial reality” that will force the system to “operate with less staff and less staff costs.” Initially, that means 18 people are set to lose their jobs at the end of the fiscal year in June. The library faces a shortfall of about $900,000 in its budget of about $9 million....
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, Mar. 1
While investigators continue to be baffled by the vandalism in Tokyo libraries of copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl, some are already stepping in to replace the damaged works. The Jewish Community of Japan organization announced that together with the Israeli Embassy, it will donate 300 copies of Anne Frank’s diaries to Tokyo libraries. An anonymous donor using the name Chiune Sugihara (a Japanese diplomat who helped thousands of Lithuanian Jews escape during World War II) also sent two boxes of Anne Frank books to the Tokyo Central Library....
Japan Daily Press, Feb. 28
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United for Libraries to host webinar on "Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
Contact: Jillian Kalonick
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.
This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy.
Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears in Library Journal. Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues for Public Libraries Online. He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison to ASCLA and as a member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee. He also serves on ALA’s Legislation Assembly.
The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more information and to register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/advocacy-state/event/registration.html.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.