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Cool Prizes at the Library

This article from the Piedmont Triad News is interesting as it reports on giving kids \"incentives\" to come into the library.
\"What\'s a sure way to get children and young adults into the single biggest vault of knowledge to be found in their town?

Simple: Appeal to their basic sense of greed.

Public and school libraries across the state on Saturday began a three-year campaign to raise youth\'s awareness of the learning opportunities found within their walls, and they did it by offering prizes ranging from compact disc players and NASCAR tickets to U.S. Savings Bonds, computers and rounds of mini-golf.\" -- Read More

Bring your books back.....in 5 months!!

The Detroit News has published this article about a library that, during renovations, is letting patrons check out as many materials as they want, and can bring them back August 1st.
\"The Sherman family plans on making use of the Sterling Heights Public Library collections this summer -- from its home. The library is running a summer reading special. Patrons, like the Shermans, can take all the books, videos and audio tapes they want and keep them until Aug. 1 while the library is closed for renovations.\"
\"We checked out 133 books and videos,\" Ann Sherman of Sterling Heights said. \"A lot of them are children\'s books for my son. But we also took out books for my husband and myself.\" -- Read More

Drew Carey wins (fill in the blank) dollars on Millionaire

Drew Carey has won big money on \"Who Wants to be a Millionaire\", so says and article in the Chicago Tribune. Carey has stated that he will donate his winnings to Ohio Libraries, but the amount that he has won has not been released.
\"But we\'ll allow Carey to add this much: \"Only five people,\" he says, have won the amount of dough that he was able to walk away with.

While you\'re trying to figure out exactly how many have won how much (clue: Carey didn\'t win a million), we\'ll tell you that the celebrity version of \"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire\" airs Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8 p.m. on [ABC]\" -- Read More

Change by the Books

Peter Poe, staff writer for the Washington Post has written this favorable article about the addition of other language books and online catalogs into libraries collections.
\"Not long after she moved here from Taiwan, Sherry Yu found something shocking in an American library. It was a library card application form written entirely in Chinese.
\"I came here to see what an American library looks like and I\'m leaving with an American library card,\" Yu, 21, said in Chinese, smiling as she held up a key chain with a library tag on it. \"Can you believe that?\" -- Read More

Caution!! Library Vote Tomorrow

Alabama Live has this article about a library director that will go to any means to have library users vote for the budget.

\"The life of the Bessemer Public Library is at stake Tuesday.

At least that\'s the message Carol Castine, the library\'s director, wants to get across.

To do that, Ms. Castine had the library draped in yellow caution tape, as if it were a homicide scene.

\"I just want to call attention to the library with the vote coming up,\" she said.\" -- Read More

Library waives fines on overdue books

This article appeared in the Montreal Gazette.

\"When it comes to excuses for not returning a library book on time, Vesna Dell\'Olio has heard them all.

The librarian has seen adults shuffle up to her counter with their heads down and their faces flushed, mumbling something about ex-husbands and ex-wives having made off with the book. Or people admitting that they didn\'t want to return their late books because they thought the fine would be too hefty.\" -- Read More

SHelf Esteem

The
Washington Post
Has a fanatasticArticle on the Library
of Congress. Everything you wanted to know, and more.

\" Another truth America\'s Founding Fathers
held to be self-evident was that ignorance is the enemy
of democracy. In December 1800, before our young
government had finished moving to its new capital at
Washington, the good ship American left London
bearing 740 books bound for what was to become our
national library. -- Read More

Tetris Maximus at Brown Library

Bonnie Good Buzzell Writes:

In this morning\'s Providence Journal, a story about a giant Tetris game
display on the 14 story Sciences Library at Brown. The Story is at Projo.com.

\"The Brown students\' version uses a desktop computer to control 10,000 Christmas lights strung in the windows of the 194-foot high library building, one of the tallest buildings on the city\'s East Side. The lights span windows on 11 floors, illuminating each window separately. (Only 10 of the 11 floors are working). The grid replicates a crude but effective 10-by-10 pixel screen, visible from outside the building.\" -- Read More

Drew Carey to Compete for $1 Million for Ohio Libraries

I can\'t pass up the opportunity to post a story that Involves Who Wants to Be a Millionare? and Drew Carey!

Carey, who launched his career in 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club, has chosen Ohio libraries to receive proceeds from his celebrity appearance on ABC\'s popular television show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Carey will appear on the Millionaire program on May 2 and 3 in a special game show featuring celebrities who will be playing for their favorite charities and causes. Carey has chosen Ohio libraries as recipient of his winnings during \"Celebrity Week\" on the program.

Is he smart enough to win a Million? -- Read More

Online library project Galileo needs support

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has this Report on Galileo, Georgia\'s free online library.

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Georgia was one of the first states in the United States to start building a big online library that everybody in the state with a computer --- from professors to schoolchildren --- could use for free. Gov. Zell Miller liked the idea of making the new world of Internet services available to every student --- as in public education --- and Gov. Roy Barnes also has supported the project, which has cost $30 million so far.

But the project --- called Galileo; now most states have a version --- keeps facing the obstacles of too little money and attention. -- Read More

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