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Library has no shelf life
New York Post ^ | August 21, 2011 | CANDICE M. GIOVE

Posted on 08/21/2011 10:09:38 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

You could check out the barren shelves, but not the books.

A Harlem library branch has rows upon rows of empty bookcases. The shelves in each and every aisle in the adult section of the 115th Street Library had two or more rows without a single tome.

Though the NYPL online catalogue indicated that four copies of "The Catcher in the Rye" were available, they weren't there -- and they weren't checked out. The librarian said that the selection there has always been sparse and then whispered, "And there are no metal detectors. Sometimes people just walk out with stuff."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: harlem; library
There goes the neighborhood. Harlem has slipped since Bill Clinton moved there.
1 posted on 08/21/2011 10:09:43 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

This doesn’t happen much in suburban libraries. Is there any consistent correlation that can explain this phenomenon?


2 posted on 08/21/2011 10:20:29 PM PDT by lurk
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To: ConservativeStatement

But Chris Rock said books were like kryptonite to a certain demographic...


3 posted on 08/21/2011 10:22:26 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ConservativeStatement

You'd better not screw up again, because if you do, I'll be all over you like a pit-bull on a poodle.

4 posted on 08/21/2011 10:25:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The protected class don't need no stinkin' library cards!
Spread the wealth, whitey owes us.

Obama to his "people":
Our Time has Come!

5 posted on 08/21/2011 10:36:15 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Keep an eye out for this guy

6 posted on 08/21/2011 10:37:28 PM PDT by woofie
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To: buccaneer81
But Chris Rock said books were like kryptonite to a certain demographic...

Maybe so, but them books can be sold on the old eBay for something that's a lot more appealing...

7 posted on 08/21/2011 11:28:43 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: ConservativeStatement
"And there are no metal detectors. Sometimes people just walk out with stuff."

No wonder. They need book detectors, not metal detectors!

8 posted on 08/22/2011 12:00:48 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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Metal detectors make sense. A lot of those old books have copperplates and tintypes in them. Others are ironclad potboilers.
9 posted on 08/22/2011 12:18:56 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The librarian said that the selection there has always been sparse and then whispered, "And there are no metal detectors. Sometimes people just walk out with stuff."

Noooo! In Harlem?!

10 posted on 08/22/2011 12:20:23 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: ConservativeStatement
Once again the barbarians strike. It is easier to keep them mobbed up if they remain ignorant. However, there is an alternative
11 posted on 08/22/2011 1:08:25 AM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: Steely Tom
Maybe so, but them books can be sold on the old eBay for something that's a lot more appealing...

....or on a blanket on the sidewalk at B'way and 112.

12 posted on 08/22/2011 1:24:29 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It’s Harlem.

The people there think everything is free.


13 posted on 08/22/2011 2:17:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: lurk

This doesn’t happen much in suburban libraries. Is there any consistent correlation that can explain this phenomenon?
____________________________________________________________You’re kidding, right?


14 posted on 08/22/2011 2:22:44 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
"And there are no metal detectors. Sometimes people just walk out with stuff."

Books tend to have very little metal content. How would they set off a metal detector?

15 posted on 08/22/2011 2:27:46 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

They can if a little metal strip is glued to the spine.


16 posted on 08/22/2011 3:15:17 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: ConservativeStatement

It would be pretty inexpensive to hire a truck and drive about 75 miles to rural libraries in PA where excess and donated books are available for 50 cents each.

Of course then someone would have to sort and put them on the shelves.


17 posted on 08/22/2011 3:34:38 AM PDT by finnsheep
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To: ConservativeStatement

I didn’t know Harlem had a library, and I’m impressed that somebody bother to take the books. I just hope they weren’t used for rolling papers or toilet paper.


18 posted on 08/22/2011 3:39:43 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: ConservativeStatement

Why is a library with no books still open and funded?


19 posted on 08/22/2011 3:59:03 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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Maybe on the theory that if you build one, books will come?


20 posted on 08/22/2011 4:12:02 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: woofie

LOL/ Where is Mr. ‘Pants Man’’ these days?


21 posted on 08/22/2011 5:29:03 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: Pecos

Seems they came, saw, and left.


22 posted on 08/22/2011 5:36:29 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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Why is a library with no books still open and funded?

So folks can watch porn at the free internet terminals. Not providing for free access to porn would be a civil rights violation, dont'cha know.

23 posted on 08/22/2011 5:53:06 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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24 posted on 08/22/2011 6:31:35 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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"And there are no metal detectors. Sometimes people just walk out with stuff."

Books are metal?

25 posted on 08/22/2011 7:14:41 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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