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More on the Misspelled Mural

ffirehorse writes "Yet another twist on the misspelled library mural story ..... the muralist is now saying she will come back and correct the errors because, in her words, 'I really want people to see the work's meaning so they stop making issues of things that are unimportant.'"

In Life...and Death...A Great Friend of the Library

Although former volunteer Dr. Jane Carver Holmes, who died of cancer last year at the age of 76, will be missed by the Lakeland (FL) Public Library, she will never be forgotten.

She bequeathed to the library (among other arts and health care organizations) a sum of $875,000, this after having served as a loyal volunteer--and donor--for over twenty years.

Portrait of a remarkable lady at The Ledger Note: slow to load, but be patient, it will.

Librarian Strikes it Rich

Miami Beach (FL)School librarian Sandra Maurice is a multi-millionaire. No, not by virtue of a payraise, but from buying a winning lotto ticket.

Story from the AP .

Ex-student sentenced for library bomb call

SomeOne writes "News From The University of Oregon,

The former University graduate student who called in a bomb threat to the Knight Library in February was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 36 months probation Wednesday. Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lyle Velure said James Gregory Evangelista could serve his jail time on the sheriff's road crew, if desired, but Evangelista must complete and provide proof of mental-health treatment. Also, Evangelista is ordered to have no contact with the receptionist who answered the bomb-threat call and can't enter the library without University permission."

Man Losing Sight Donates Entire Library in AR

The Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas is the recipient of a gift by a local resident, Mike Johnston, who finds that he is losing his vision due to complications brought on by diabetes.

This story in the Benton Courier quotes Library director Julie Hart who describes the collection as "amazing."
"It's the largest single collection (approximately 2,000 books) we've ever received," Hart said. "All of the books are hardbacks and are in excellent condition."

Since Mike has been unable to read, the library has provided "books on tape for him to continue to enjoy them," his mother said. "These are wonderful for him. He can listen to them at night when he can't sleep." In addition to Mike's books, the Johnstons gave the library a framed copy of a deed signed by Grover Cleveland and Ulysses Grant.

They Are Sleuths Who Weigh Prose

Anonymous Patron writes "Neat New York Times Article on "questioned-document examiners." Ordinarily, document examiners' cases are far more mundane than the big deal CBS case. Examiners are hired by lawyers, police departments and individuals to analyze contested wills, determine whether medical or insurance records have been altered and authenticate handwriting and signatures in letters and contracts."

We are becoming digital pack rats

Anonymous Patron writes "We are becoming digital pack rats"

Just one shocking example:

"Inevitably, as soon as I delete something, I need it the next week," said Leslie Bottoms, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, who has kept as many as 18,000 e-mails on her computer. "I figure it saves the tree if I don't have to print it out. I get quite attached to my e-mail. I have stuff from several years ago."

Daniel adds: I'm not up to 18,000 yet, but I do have e-mail back to 1999.

Student's personal collection generates network of libraries

The Purdue Exponent Reports On Adi Adinugroho, one Purdue student working hard to make a difference. She reads books nearly every day. She owns books. She can check out books from outstanding libraries any time she wants.

But many children in Indonesia, her home country, can’t do the same.

That’s why Adinugroho spends nearly every minute of her free time working to make sure children in Indonesia will one day have the opportunities that she has.

Tribute to Former Library Publisher Eshelman

Library Journal has news about the passing of former Wilson Library Bulletin editor William Eshelman. In the same issue, LJ editor John Berry remembers his friend, Billy.

Billy thought the American Library Association (ALA) should come out against unjust wars, as it did over Vietnam. His belief in intellectual freedom was undiluted by the political and administrative expediency and compromise that so often weakens our professional resolve. Critics said he was too angry or too noisy about it. I disagreed.

A California Librarian Tells Her Last Story

Helen Riley, 77, is ready to retire from the Barstow Branch Library after many long and happy years of telling stories to children there.

She traveled hundreds of miles a week in the county library's bookmobile in the 1970s, traveling to places near and far, from Riverside Drive to a prison near Boron.
"We took the library to the people," Riley said.

Although Riley's head is filled with memories of her library career, she said she's ready to retire. Instead of reading books, she said she might go back to writing books, something she did before becoming a library worker.

This article in the Desert Dispatch gives us more on her background, and she also shares some of her best tips to get kids reading.

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