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Library official admits stealing painting

An Odd Little Story out of Syracuse, NY, on Thomas Dydyk.
He has reached an agreement with prosecutors that allowed him to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of petit larceny after selling a century-old painting by John Dodgson Barrow for $200 at a garage sale. He had stolen the valuable painting from a library storage room. Dydyk sold the painting to the owner of a Skaneateles antiques shop, who recognized it as a valuable Barrow work.

My granny was a book thief

Charles Davis writes "Full article from the London Review of Books reprinted in
The Guardian

They were hidden in cupboards, drawers and
crannies - 300 books stolen from the public library.
But why did she take them? And could she really read
tea leaves?"

Sir Wilfred Thesiger leaves vast photographic record to Oxford

Charles Davis writes:"from
The Telegraph:

Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who died on Sunday aged 93,
was the quintessential English explorer, and the last and greatest of that small band of travellers who sought out the secrets of the desert in the years before Arabia was transformed forever by the oil beneath her sands.
Paradoxically, one modern invention gave Thesiger
an edge over predecessors such as Richard Burton
and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt - the camera. Thesiger
taught himself to become an excellent photographer
and perhaps his most enduring legacy will prove to
be his vast photographic record (willed to the
Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford) of ancient races and
ways of life since extinguished within a generation"
[I heard Paul Theroux eulogizing Thesiger on All Things Considered yesterday. -Karl]

Fixture of George Fox library dies at 94

Charles Davis writes "from story at
oregonlive.comGenerations of
George Fox University
students will remember
Elizabeth Carey Minas, who
died in Newberg last weekend
at age 94, as the volunteer
who spent 16 years working
in the library.

"I'm not an expert -- just a
flunky," she once said,
despite a 37-year career as a
librarian in Oregon and Hawaii
before her return in 1972 to
Newberg and George Fox,
where her life and name is
woven through the campus."

Graham Greene's widow Vivien dies at 98

Charles Davis writes "from story at

Obituary at
The Independant

Vivien Greene, widow of Graham Greene, died at her home in Oxfordshire on Tuesday aged 98.
Amanda Saunders, the daughter of the novelist's sister, who lives in Northamptonshire, said yesterday that her death felt like the
end of an era. Graham Greene died in 1991.

Mrs Greene, a devout Catholic, married the novelist in 1927 at the end of an "intense" courtship during which he converted to
However, the complex moral ambiguities that so frequently marked the characters in his novels were never far from his
day-to-day existence. As his belief in Catholicism began to wane, his unfaithful forays outside his marriage grew in equal

Six readers conclude record-breaking literary marathon

News From San Jose's new library where six marathon readers were carving out their niche in the Guinness Book of World Records.
They ended Saturday afternoon, with Johnson's recitation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, at 74 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds. The listed Guinness record is 53 hours and two minutes, set last December by a team from Italy, but a group of Germans is awaiting approval of its 61-hour mark.

The read-a-thon was meant to promote literacy and the reopening of the library.

Library worker renews books' shelf life

The Houston Chronicle Reports on Charles Arbore who binds books at the Houston Public Library's Julia Ideson Building. For 10 years, he has volunteered to revive and rehabilitate the precious and rare old books in the library's Texas Collection. M.B. Synge's Book of Discovery: The History of the World's Explorations, from the Earliest Times to the Finding of the South Pole was one of the latest to undergo Arbore's reconstructive surgery.

"I had a bit of a revelation," Arbore said. "I couldn't afford the $75 a book Williams was going to charge for fixing my books, but I could afford to pay to learn to bind books myself. I ended up spending a heck of a lot more than $75, but I got a skill that is a hobby I'm passionate about."

Jailed library assistant gives interview about abuse charges

A library assistant who was arrested for sexually abusing students at a suburban Chicago high school last year, spoke to a reporter from her jail cell about her case. While accepting responsibility for her actions, the woman feels like she's been in jail long enough and wants to be reunited with her own six children. Laurie Augustine has been jailed for 10 months, in lieu of $150,000 bail, while awaiting trial. More here from ABC7 TV.

The Unabomber's library

Among the personal property that convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is seeking in court to have returned are a whole bunch of books. In addition to volumes about which plants are safe/unsafe to eat, the list includes history, ancient classics, Shakespeare, Dickens, Steinbeck ... Oh, and Psychology of Women.

Supreme Court Denies Castillo Appeal

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has learned that the U.S. Supreme Court denied Jesus Castillo’s petition for writ of certiorari, bringing his three-year quest for justice to a close. Castillo is presently serving a period of unsupervised probation.
Jesus Castillo was found guilty of selling an adult comic, from the adult section of the store, to an adult police officer, and convicted because the DA convinced the jury that all comics are really intended for children.
"I can't imagine a world in which the same argument would have worked for books or for films... says Neil Gaiman.

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