Public Libraries

Fees Dropped Patrons Pop

Janet Clark writes:\"
In Alberta most public libraries charge a membership fee. Librarians know
the arguments for and against that. Not a deterrent, some say. The
January/February 2001 issue of _Alberta News_ story \'Banff\'s very public
library\' by Shelley Mardiros tells how Banff removed the fee and had three
times as many new members as in the previous January:
Full Story

On the following pages in the print version someone sent me is \'Book angel:
taking the spirit of reading to the back roads in a blue Chevy Astro\' by
Dan Rubenstein. The story is about seventy-on-year-old Kathleen Evans who
provides reading material to rural kids, on her own time and at her own
expense. I can\'t seem to find this story in the electronic version, but I
recommend it - we always need that warm fuzzy counterpoint to the filtering
and e-book stories.

If you open, they will come ...

Brian writes \"A library in Florida tries out Sunday hours and discovers that people come in and check out books. Story in the St. Petersburg Times.\"


And a completely unrelated story from NY has the memebers of New York City\'s largest librarians\' union getting a 16% raise. They [City Hall] had to defend the unusually large raises by saying they are having \"extraordinary\" problems with recruiting and retaining librarians See the NYTimes Story.

It\'s official: public libraries in Oz are for rec

Steve Benson writes \"A comprehensive survey of user satisfaction in public libraries in New South Wales has found that the greatest appeal of their services is for recreation and fun. The survey was done on 15,000 library visitors and the results are detailed in this this Sydney Morning Herald article \"

I wonder if this would be any different in other countries?

Integrating Libraries

Lee Hadden writes: \"We sometimes forget that many of the heroes in librarianship are not
necessarily the library staff, but the public library patrons. Here is an
account from the Washington Post about the integration of the public
library in Loudoun County, VA.\"


It was April 9, 1957, Loudoun County\'s only \"public\" library, in Purcellville, opened its doors to black patrons.

Urban Blight- Public libraries to the Rescue!

Lee Hadden passed this along:
\"National Public Radio\'s Cheryl Corley
reports on a program in Chicago that\'s using public libraries to unite
divided communities and bring economic growth to forgotten neighborhoods.
Several other cities are now following suit, strategically planting new
libraries to help revitalize struggling areas.
This was broadcast on April 2 on the public radio show \"Morning Edition.\"
Hear the broadcast on your computer HERE

Libraries for Looters

Gerry sent along This One from ActiveDayton.com on the recovery of about $2,500 worth of stolen CDs, DVDs, videos and books taken from local libraries in OH.


Meanwhile, the Wapakoneta News has This One on the Auglaize County library.
They say all these thefts raise the question of whether libraries even should offer to their patrons recently released videos and CDs — or whether they should at least cut back on the ones they buy.

Trouble for Toronto Public Library

Why is it everytime I post a story about Ontario it\'s bad
news?
This Story from
The Toronto
Star
says library officials would have to look at
closing at least 17 branch libraries, if the proposed
budget cuts take place. Keep in mind that the Toronto
Public Library has had to reduce its budget by about 25
per cent in the past 10 years. I thought the city
amalgamation was suppose to make things better?

Moving Beyond \'Shh\' (and Books) at Libraries

It\'s funny how often the \'Shh\' shows up in story titles.

Eileen and Abbey were the first one\'s to send in This Story from the NY Times.

They say the busiest library in the country(Queens) is successful becuase it has moved beyond books and the \"age-old dictum of silence\", and many other libraries are following, due to the competion we are feeling from all over.
This is a great story full of good examples of how libraries are doing things right. Great PR for us all!

\"\"When I started working here, I couldn\'t believe the noise level, It was like Macy\'s on a sale day. If people are hollering or talking on their cell phones, we will say something, but otherwise there is very little you can do about it.\"

Ah The Public Library

Though I\'m not as bad as This Guy I can never seem
to return my books on time. My Library has a
special hit man looking for me. But I can\'t seem to find
the New SI. Hopefully I be moving
soon, so they\'ll never catch me.

Maybe I can move like the Stromsburg library?
If only I had several hundred friends!.
But that would probably turn into a big fracas and someone would get fired.

Philly Changes R-Video Policies

Now parents of kids that use the librar (up to age 18) can choose a special library-card bar code that prohibits the user from checking out any video. The old policy allowed card-holders from 12 to 18 to check out R-rated videos without restriction.
Read The Full Story over at Philly.com.

\"It really invited parents to become partners in their children\'s use of the library,\" Seiter said. \"It really is a parent\'s right to make those decisions.\"

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