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Bob Cox spotted News that Julian L. Lapides has just been elected chairman of the board of councilors of the American Antiquarian Society for the coming year.
The American Antiquarian Society, founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1812, by Isaiah Thomas, a printer, patriot, historian and book collector, is one of those august New England institutions of which few are more hallowed. The learned society's collections of printed materials are probably second to none in documents of American history from 1640 through 1876. They include about two-thirds of everything printed in America through 1820, including an Algonquin Bible, the papers of Abigail Adams and those Puritan stalwarts Increase and Cotton Mather, and about 2 million copies of newspapers.
High-profile hip-hop phenomenon Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has donated half of the $2 million he raised in running the recent New York City Marathon to the city's public schools, specifically to support school libraries and technology. The New York Post has the scoop.
Good News from MD, where Eddie and Sylvia Brown couldn't be happier with how the Enoch Pratt Free Library plans to house the African-American collection named in their honor.
"It exceeded my expectations," said Eddie Brown, while looking over the new reading room last week. "This is sensational, beautiful space. Top shelf." The room is part of a new four-story annex to the central Pratt library that will open officially today.
Brown, who is founder and president of Brown Capital Management, and his wife contributed $1 million to support and enlarge the more than 13,000-volume African-American collection that includes notable works such as an original Benjamin Banneker Almanac and volumes relating the collective experience of slavery.
Alparslan Yigit, from Yenifakili, should originally have been
sentenced to 15 days in prison for drunkenness and
But the judge opted for an alternative sentence to avoid
putting extra pressure on overcrowded Turkish prisons.
He ruled Yigit, 28, had to spend an hour and a half reading
at a library every day for a month.
Yigit complained, saying being forced to read in a public
place was a humiliation equivalent to "doing the dishes at
He even ran out of the courtroom and disappeared for
some time, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports.
But eventually, he started serving his time at the library -
with a police supervisor making sure he wasn't just leafing
through the page"
Always lazy Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeven EM Cohen shares a Newsday.com Story on Lee and Mike Temares who estimate they have nearly 35,000 hardcovers and paperbacks. They are so much a part of the house that they seem architectural, as if the floor-to-ceiling volumes prop up the roof. The house is fragrant with them and they brush your shoulder as you squeeze past shelves in the narrow back hallway.
Gary "Visit The ResourceShelf" Price spotted a story on Richard Edward Brillhart, a 23-year-old registered sex offender, was charged with the federal crimes of possession and transportation of child pornography. The agents taped him with cameras hidden behind book stacks. Brillhart, 21800 block Haines St., was being held at the Lee County jail Friday, pending a detention hearing Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Fort Myers. No bail was set.
A registered sex offender was arrested Thursday for allegedly sending sadomasochistic child pornography over the Internet from public-access computers at Charlotte County, FL, libraries.
Richard Edward Brillhart, 23, of 21874 Haines Ave. in Port Charlotte was secretly videotaped by an FBI agent Oct. 10 at the Murdock Public Library as he looked at "images of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts" and read a "fantasy story."
Charles Davis writes "from story at
The Guardian. Philip Larkin has survived his brief exile from literary fashion as a middle-aged misanthrope with too pronounced a taste for
pornography, to emerge unreservedly as the poetry buff's favourite poet of the past 50 years.
He has triumphantly kicked his rival Ted Hughes, who was appointed poet laureate when Larkin refused the post, into second place.
Hughes's wife, Sylvia Plath, came equal second with her husband.
These were among the results yesterday of a poll of several thousand poetry readers held jointly by the Poetry Book Society and the
Poetry Library to mark their 50th anniversaries"
Mock Turtle writes "Lyle Stuart, 81-year-old president of maverick publisher Barricade Books Inc., has spent 50 years as a writer, editor and publisher of books considered too racy or dangerous for other publishers. He knows many of the books he publishes are objectionable to the average American, but he still wants people to be able to read how to make bombs and to learn the inner thoughts of a pedophile. "If you are not allowed to discuss ideas freely, then you have problems," says Stuart. "My feeling is you should have access to everything." Get the story from Reuters."