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Beer and poetry — Canadian

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail reports A gaggle of Canadian poets will hoist books and beers in New York this week at three events to help publicize a landmark achievement: the first publication in recent memory of a Canadian poetry anthology in the United States.

With poets from around the world flooding into the city for PEN World Voices, a week-long festival of international literature that wraps up on Friday, Ken Babstock, Christian Bök, Susan Goyette, Erín Moure and Karen Solie will read at Poet's House in SoHo tonight to celebrate the publication of Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, edited by Sina Queyras and published by the small New York press, Persea Books."

Knowing When to Log Off

Anonymous Patron writes "David M. Levy, a professor at the University of Washington's Information School, is one of many scholars trying to raise awareness of the negative impact of communication technologies on people's lives and work. They say the quality of research and teaching at colleges is at risk unless scholars develop strategies for better managing information, and for making time for extensive reading and contemplation.More, from The Chronicle Of Higher Education"

Grass Roots Literacy Coalition Plans Rally in NYC

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "President Bush has proposed a federal budget that would slash federal funding for adult literacy programs by 64%. It is estimated that 50,000 adult students could lose literacy classes in New York State under this proposed budget. At the same time, New York State funding for many adult literacy programs has not kept up with a tremendous need for services. This year’s state budget includes a change that cuts funding that has supported educational services for the working poor.
Grassroots Literacy Coalition. Rally Against the Cuts!"

VA doctor leaves $2M to Library

Good News For Newport News Public Library. Dr. Herbert H. Neisser left a $2 million gift to the Main Street Library in Hilton Village. Several city officials were out of town and unavailable to say whether a decision had been made on how to spend the money.

Sandy Burglar to cop to sox docs

mdoneil writes "The Columbia Broadcasting Company brings us news of Sandy Berger's (D - Argyle 100% Wool), agreement to a plea deal for the purloining of classified documents from the National Archives.
Berger who stuffed documents in his trousers, and who allegedly crammed classified copies in his calcetines, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
No word on where the still missing classified documents are, or if he will get the same cell as the Ms. Stewart."

Supporting writers, a signature at a time

Anonymous Patron writes "Neat little Story On David Lacasse who has indulged his passion of collecting signed books by local authors. To date he’s amassed about 2,500. So many, in fact, that when the eldest of his three children left home, he turned his bedroom into a library.
Lacasse said he’s not sure why he chose this as a hobby, but he knows exactly when it happened.
The book lover said he’s had authors sign his books under the strangest of circumstances in some unusual venues including post offices and bowling alleys. Once, he said, he was the only person to show up at a reading at a local bookstore."

The treasure hunter

Anonymous Patron writes "www.smh.com.au talks with Rick Gekoski, whose quest for ever more rare and wonderful books has led to the Booker prize.
The questions everyone wants to ask a Man Booker Prize judge are: how many books do you have to read? And do you really read all of them?

The answer to the first question is 130-odd, in five or six months."

Rolling Stones' Wyman: 'I should have been a librarian'

For those of you under 40, Bill Wyman used to be in the Rolling Stones. For those of you under 30, The Rolling Stones are a band that was popular when your parents were your age, now you can hear them in many television commercials, or on that radio station only old people listen to. Anyways, In This Interview Bill Wyman says:

"I should have been an archaeologist, or a museum curator. Or a librarian."

You can't regret being in the Rolling Stones! "No," he replies, "but I regret the times spent when I couldn't enjoy my hobbies. They had to go on the backburner. It was a frustration."

For those of you under 30 who are asking yourself why you should care, you shouldn't, but anytime someone in a band that was popular 40 years ago says something, everyone your parents age will read it. The same thing will happen to you in 40 years when Eminem says he should've been a librarian.

County weighs library ban on sex offenders

Anonymous Patron writes "The Oregonian reports on Clark County (Washington?) commissioners and library leaders who are mulling whether registered sex offenders pose a threat to young library users -- and whether libraries should be off-limits to them.
During last week's meeting of the county board and leaders of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Commissioner Marc Boldt introduced the topic by saying he wanted to "chitchat" about Internet filters on library computers. But when the library delegation indicated that the controversy had been resolved, Boldt said he would like to go further.

"What do you do about registered sexual offenders?" he asked."

Sigurd Rasmussen; First U.N. Librarian (1906-2005)

The very first librarian of the United Nations, Sigurd Rasmussen, a Dane by birth who later became a US citizen, has died at the age of 99.

From 1941 to 1946, he was a librarian for the League of Nations Mission at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, working with such luminaries as Albert Einstein.

Fluent in a dozen languages, he later formed what would become the Library of the United Nations and became the U.N.'s first librarian in 1946. Obituary from the Washington Post .

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