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Library needs $93K

Guam Pacific Daily News has this story about the Barrigada library which needs $93,000 to re-open.
"Much like other village branches of the Guam Public Library System, the Barrigada library is a victim of lost government financial support and is no longer a center of village activity."

East meets West in quest for used books

An Anonymous Patron writes to share this story.

"The couple sent the Japanese crew to three stores in Brooklyn during the weekend. Today they plan to check out The Book Barn in Niantic, Conn., before heading to stops in West Hartford, Detroit, Texas, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, where they will depart for home on Monday."

Friday April 23rd is World Book Day

Although many locales are concerned about their populations leaning away from books and towards mass media, on April 23, the world will once again celebrate "World Book Day". The day was chosen due to a significant confluence of important author dates; it marks both the day of Shakespeare's birth and his death.

Here are a few stories about how April 23 will be marked around the world: from Spain , from Lebanon , from Tanzania and from Wales .

Israeli Technology Powers World's Libraries

An Anonymous Patron points us to this interesting story about how . . . "many of America’s top universities and colleges have become hotbeds of anti-Israel thought and activity, with Israel’s very right to exist often assailed from lecture-hall podiums. But in an ironic twist, Israel21c reports that many of these very same universities and colleges have their academic libraries powered by Israeli technology."
Read full story here.

Business News of Thursday, 15 April 2004

An Anonymous Patron shares this uplifting story from News Out Of Ghana where "Schools in Twelve communities in seven regions under the auspices of Boeing International Corporation from the state of California have received a variety of leisure and text books and computers and accessories."

"The items, valued at about 15,000 dollars were shipped into the country duty free for libraries and schools in beneficiary communities under a pilot project by the Boeing External Technical Affiliations to be implemented by the World Vision International, a Christian relief and development partnership."

Ancient Islamic Texts Crumble in Africa

Anonymous Patron points us to this story from the ledger-enquirer.com:

"Scholars say irreplaceable Islamic texts representing a historic era of Muslim culture, including West Africa's unique part in it, are decaying to oblivion in sweltering homes.

Tens of thousands have been rescued and put in safe storage here and abroad, but many more are scattered around Timbuktu - private heirlooms handed down from parents to children over the centuries.

The Timbuktu texts "are probably among the most important unused scholarly materials in the world," said Chris Murphy of the U.S. Library of Congress, who was co-curator of an exhibition of 23 of the manuscripts in Washington last year."

Bill Before Canadian Parliament Further Restricts Speech

ChuckB writes "John Leo writes in U.S. News & World Report on Bill C-250, apparently about to become
law:

'Canada is a pleasantly authoritarian country,' Alan Borovoy, general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, said a few years ago. An example of what he means is Bill C-250, a repressive, anti-free-speech measure that is on the brink of becoming law in Canada. It would add 'sexual orientation' to the Canadian hate propaganda law, thus making public criticism of homosexuality a crime. It is sometimes called the 'Bible as Hate Literature' bill, or simply 'the chill bill.' It could ban publicly expressed opposition to gay marriage or any other political goal of gay groups.

Bovoroy notes in a CCLA position paper that 'legal curbs on hate often backfire' because legally useful definitions of hate speech are exceedingly difficult to fashion."

Libraries, publishers donate to rebuild Talmud Torah library

robg writes "A supposedly politically-motivated arson destroyed the Talmud Torah day school library in Montreal last Monday. But donations have been pouring in ever since from libraries and publishers across Canada to help rebuild it, according to the letter from the editor in Saturday's Globe and Mail. A teacher-librarian from British Columbia summed up the sentiment felt across the country: 'The library is the heart of the school... Without a well-stocked library, kids are shortchanged. We didn't want to see that happen to those kids.'

It's just unfortunate those kids still have to live with the memory of being targeted for actions they and their school have nothing to do with...."

Library in Baghdad Juvenile Prison

A U.S. army captain, who in civilian life is a lawyer in Indianapolis, helped start a library in Baghdad's only juvenile prison. Captain David Seiter asked friends back home to donate Arabic-language materials, and yesterday the library officially opened in Karkh Juvenile Detention Facility. The inmates here, who are 13-18 years old, are not insurgents against the U.S. forces; they are mainly convicted of armed robbery, though some are convicted of rape and murder. Some more detail is in this Associated Press story.

Library restored in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq

Bob Cox shares with us a story about a Shiite library in Ad Diwaniyah that has been restored by the locals and Oregon-based relief agency Mercy Corps.

"Today, the first anniversary of the invasion, the library is part of the new Iraq, a mix of Arab and Western values. Soon, women will study there for the first time. Patrons now come and go as they please, and before too long they will be Googling across the Internet that Saddam once forbade."

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