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  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/06/2014 5:25:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    KLKN ^ | 7/05/14
    A float in the city of Norfolk's Fourth of July parade has sparked a lot of controversy. The float showed an outhouse with a dark figure using a walker on the outside. The outhouse was labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY."
  • Are you an author? Care to donate a book to a new, all-volunteer library?

    06/26/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 10 replies
    June 26, 2014 | ChocChipCookie
    I am working on a project to collect as many books as possible for a new library that opened on May 21 in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Tuttle is a tiny town of about 6,000 people west of OKC. This library is operated and funded by volunteers. To my knowledge, they receive no public funding.The volunteers have worked incredibly hard to raise money for their location, books, and services. If you're an author, or know of one, this would be a great way to get your book(s) on library shelves. Tuttle Public Library 305 W Main Street Tuttle, OK 73089 http://www.tuttlelibrary.org/ I...
  • Hillary’s People: the tapes they don't want you to hear

    06/20/2014 2:28:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6-20-14 | Matthew Continetti
    The facts are these. In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court. She was not a public defender. No one ordered her to take the case. An ambitious young lawyer, she was asked by a friend if she would represent the accused, and she agreed. And her defense was successful. Attacking the credibility of the 12-year-old victim on the one hand, and questioning the chain of evidence on another, Clinton got a plea-bargain for her client. He served ten months in prison, and died in 1992. The victim, now 52, has had...
  • POST YOUR HOURS!!!!

    06/16/2014 10:11:26 AM PDT · by eccentric · 10 replies
    vanity | June 16, 2014 | Linda Martinez
    The next appropriation bill should include a simple LAW that all public offices that receive federal funding must post their hours open to the public at their front entrance large enough to be seen from the 3rd nearest non-restricted parking space. .
  • Illinois voters don't want tax money going for Obama library

    05/13/2014 2:23:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/13/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Illinois political boss Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House in the state legislature, pushed through preliminary approval of a hundred million dollars in state funding for a Barack Obama presidential library to be located in Chicago, something Mayor Rahm Emanuel also supported. But it turns out that the state’s voters are not quite as interested in showering their hard earned tax dollars on a monument to The One.Erin Carlson of NBC Chicago reports: A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller reveals that a whopping 67 percent of prospective voters here in Illinois oppose the Michael Madigan-sponsored plan to earmark $100 million...
  • Competing for the Obama Library

    05/04/2014 9:55:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    To say that California is in better fiscal condition than Illinois is like saying the captain of the Exxon Valdez grades out higher than the guy at the helm of the Titanic. Disasters come in different doses. One study found that California ranks 46th in the health of its state government finances, with Illinois limping in at 48th place. So imagine the surprise in the Land of Lincoln to learn that California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to create a rainy-day fund for future downturns. He's expecting large budget surpluses, which he wants to use to restore long-term fiscal health rather...
  • No state funds for Obama library

    04/22/2014 9:25:59 AM PDT · by OMON · 33 replies
    Decatur Herald & Review ^ | April 22, 2014
    A state that is nearly broke has no business spending $100 million on a potential Barack Obama presidential library. But this is Illinois, where logic often takes a vacation. Throw in some parliamentary procedure shenanigans and the Obama presidential library is quickly becoming the typical Illinois government story – spend money that isn't there and do it in a sneaky way. The House executive committee last week approved borrowing $100 million to help finance a library for President Obama. Obama hasn't made a decision where his library will be located – Hawaii and New York are also in the running....
  • Bankrupt Illinois Madness: House Committee Wants Taxpayers to Spend $100 M. on Barack Obama Library

    04/20/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Illinois is broke. Its public pension plans are the most troubled in the nation. Illinois passed massive "temporary" tax hikes to fix the pension problem, but that did not make a dent in the problem. Nonetheless, ideas to waste more taxpayer money are always on the table. Here's a recent example. $100 Million for Barack Obama Library Today, the Illinois Policy Institute reports by email ... _________________________________________________________ An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than...
  • The Vatican's Precious Manuscripts Go Online

    04/12/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 April 2014 | Liam Moloney
    Japanese Tech Firm NTT Is Scanning the Ancient Texts in the Vatican Apostolic Library Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time. When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse—and free. The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as...
  • Banned in the British Library: You can check out Hamas’s websites, but not the Middle East Forum’s

    04/08/2014 6:59:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    A number of prominent counter-jihadis, such as Geert Wilders, have the distinction of being banned from entry into the United Kingdom — and, now, Her Majesty’s Government, in its wisdom, appears to have banned on some public computers two websites connected to me. It’s not quite the same, admittedly, and I am working to get this ban removed, but I also wear it as a perverse badge of honor given that government’s shameful record vis-ŕ-vis Islamism. Say you’re in the British Library, the national depository library and a government institution, roughly equivalent to the Library of Congress in the...
  • The art of George W. Bush

    04/06/2014 2:56:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 79 replies
    politico ^ | 4 April 14 | Adam Sneed
    Former President George W. Bush has painted dozens of portraits of world leaders he worked with while in office. His paintings are on public display for the first time at "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Before the exhibit opened, Bush said none of the leaders in his display had seen their portraits, but he predicted they would react favorably.
  • Obama's presidential library foundation drops (Hussein) 'H' from name

    03/22/2014 4:17:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/21/14 | Leslie Larson
    **SNIP** Initially Obama’s library was called the Barack H. Obama Foundation, but this week the non-profit dropped the “H” — that refers to Obama’s middle name Hussein. Obama’s half brother, Abon'go Malik Obama, operates a bare bones website for the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to remembering their late father. The Virginia based 501(c)3 organization only had $24,496 in total expenses, with the bulk of money going toward rent, according to the latest 990 form for 2010. “We were not very successful this year because of limited contributions,” Abon'go Malik Obama stated on the tax form.
  • Race for Obama library gets serious

    03/06/2014 7:59:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | March 5, 2014 | Paul Merrion
    The bidding war for President Barack Obama's presidential library is expected to formally get underway next week. Chicago, where the president spent his early career, is vying to put it somewhere on the South Side. New York, where he went to college, and his birthplace of Hawaii are also contenders. Like other presidential libraries, it's expected to be a big draw for tourists and create other economic spinoffs.
  • Russian library refuses to issue Dreiser novel to children

    02/05/2014 5:08:14 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    RAPSI ^ | 02/04/2014
    OMSK, February 4 (RAPSI) – A commission of the Pushkin Library in Omsk, Siberia, ruled that Theodore Dreiser’s novel The Financier must not be issued to minors, a library official told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. Library Deputy Director Oksana Moskovtseva said they were acting in accordance with the law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development. “New books are printed with age ratings marked on them. For books that were printed before 2012 we have a special commission of library staff that decides on their age suitability,” Moskovtseva said. “It’s difficult to make a decision because...
  • Hawaii plays underdog in quest for Obama library

    12/28/2013 10:47:36 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    wjla.com ^ | 12-28-13 | AP Story
    <p>HONOLULU (AP) - On these sun-bathed shores, Barack Obama was born and spent his formative years, soaking in an island sensibility that his wife and friends say is indispensable to understanding who he is as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii has become the underdog, stuck in Chicago's perpetual shadow.</p>
  • Herpes Virus Found on Library Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    Two Belgian university professors recently decided to submit the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library to bacteriology and toxicology tests. Traces of cocaine were found on all 10 books...the scientists discovered traces of the herpes virus in the pages of the erotic tale Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Illinois mom attacks permissive library porn policy after stumbling on patron viewing smut

    11/12/2013 3:08:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Nov. 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Public libraries are taxpayer-funded areas where families can bring their children to read, socialize, and sometimes use the library's computers. But according to local mom Megan Fox, in Orland Park, Illinois, the public library is also a haven for sex offenders and pornography users. According to Fox, on October 4, she tried to use a computer in the children’s area of the library, and was directed by staff to use an adult computer area. There she says she discovered a man looking at pornography. When she complained to staff, she claims she was told, “We...
  • WA:Seattle public libraries opt to obey the law…finally

    11/01/2013 6:09:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 October, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The long-standing, and wholly illegal, ban on guns in Seattle’s public libraries comes to an end next week, according to Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, who reports today that the rule change was a long time coming, more than a year after a Second Amendment Foundation legal victory defending state preemption was allowed to stand by the State Supreme Court. This policy change is as late as an overdue book, and Times readers are having some fun with it.In recognition of this announcement, SAF and this column will donate an autographed copy of Washington Times Senior Editor Emily Miller’s recently-released...
  • George Washington Finally Gets His Presidential Library

    09/27/2013 8:55:36 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2013 | David A. Patten
    Since Franklin Roosevelt, every modern U.S. president has opened his own presidential library. On Friday, President George Washington, the nation’s first, finally will get his turn, as a state-of-the-art presidential library is christened in his honor. Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon steps into a bold new era with the formal opening of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Some 800 dignitaries, officials, and VIPs will be on hand to witness the unveiling of a library purpose-built to preserve the original books and papers from Gen. Washington’s personal collection. Noted historian and best-selling author David McCullough...
  • The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library

    09/22/2013 3:39:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. In Washington, D.C., one of our most stately buildings is undergoing an extensive renovation. The Free Public Library, Northeast Branch is probably the library closest to Capitol Hill. And this red brick structure, with its stylish quoined corners, when it reopens, promises to bring even more opportunities for study and reflection to this thriving community. We would like to suggest renaming this library after Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was, with Abraham Lincoln, the greatest example of what nineteenth century Americans meant when they defended “the right to rise.” Millions of Americans,...
  • Shakedown: Black communities want dibs on Obama library

    07/07/2013 12:49:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 7/07/13 | Joe Saunders
    Get ready for the bribery bids to go out. There are still three-plus years to go on the Obama presidency, but the city that gave the world shakedown artist Jesse Jackson is already getting in gear for a racial spoils fight over where the presidential library should go. USA Today puts the squabble more delicately in a story Sunday, “Race, class emerge in battle over Obama library.”
  • Digitizing history: 82,000-manuscript collection Vatican Library goes online

    05/04/2013 3:28:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Star ^ | May 2, 2013 | Lesley Ciarula Taylor
    Little things slow down the process of putting 40 million pages of ancient manuscripts in the Vatican Library online: gold or silver in the illuminations, bindings that disintegrate if you open them, getting the synergy right. “It is important to realize if there is gold or silver in a manuscript. That requires a very particular process because the light will be different,” said Luciano Ammenti, who is in charge of IT at the Vatican and the project to digitize the storied library’s 82,000 manuscripts. The project, finally up and running a year after its announcement, uses an armada of equipment...
  • Bush v. Obama

    04/29/2013 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    TWS ^ | May 6, 2013 | Fred Barnes
    A study in contrasts. President Obama is not known for his graciousness. But the occasion—the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum—called for kind words about his predecessor in the White House. So he said that if immigration reform passes Congress this year, “it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of the president, George W. Bush.” Bush had “restarted” the drive to overhaul our immigration system seven years ago, Obama said. Bush, always gracious, thanked Obama and wife Michelle for coming to the ceremony. “Unlike the other presidents here”—Jimmy Carter, George H. W....
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Wants the Immigration Bill to Fail

    04/25/2013 11:58:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4-25-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I didn't see it, but I'm told that Obama used a portion of his remarks at the dedication of the Bush library in Dallas today to push his immigration bill. And I am told reliably, ladies and gentlemen, that the scuttlebutt among the people in the crowd was that it was not well received, that it was not classy. There might be some blow-back on this, maybe, not predicting it, we'll see. But a reliable source who was there told me that there was all kinds of bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz in the crowd when Obama deviated from...
  • Caption GW Bush Library Dedication

    04/25/2013 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 80 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama embraces former president George W. Bush following remarks at the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, April 25, 2013. Obama is in Texas to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush in what could serve as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle against terrorism, from the Sept. 11 attacks to the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Dubya Re. Recently Discovered Painting Talent: 'Of Course Some People are Surprised I Can Even Read'

    04/25/2013 9:21:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 50 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I'm no art sophisticate or anything, but I know what I like. And as much as I didn't like George W Bush's spending and government expansion, I DO like his work in watercolors- the guy is good- But if you're surprised, so's Dubya... he had no idea he could paint: seems about a year ago he did some 'doodling' to explain something to the Bush daughters at the ranch one day, and and lo-and-behold a family friend in the art business told him he may have a hidden talent. Bush had read a book by Winston Churchill on amateur...
  • LIVE THREAD: George W. Bush Presidential Library Dedication Ceremony

    04/25/2013 7:57:49 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 219 replies
    C-SPAN3 ^ | April 25 | Staff
    The George W. Presidential Center is a state-of-the-art facility located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Opening to the public on May 1, 2013, the Center will house the George W. Bush Institute and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. I hope I am doing this right, and not stepping on toes, but did not see thread. http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/
  • Bush, like past presidents, faces scrutiny over his library’s version of history

    04/24/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 24, 2013 | Holly Bailey
    DALLAS—As former President George W. Bush prepares to officially open his presidential library on Thursday, a question arises as it has for his predecessors: How objective will it be about his time in the White House? Bush left office five years ago as one of the most unpopular presidents in history, his poll numbers weighed down by public discontent over his handling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and worries about the economy. But the former president wanted to take the controversies about his presidency head-on, say several former aides who worked closely with him on the library.
  • Obama to attend memorial service for victims of Texas explosion (Bush Library)

    04/22/2013 7:12:41 PM PDT · by haffast · 42 replies
    Yahoo News - The Ticket ^ | 4-22-2013 | Holly Bailey
    WACO, Texas—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service Thursday for victims of last Wednesday’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The service is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. CT at Baylor University in Waco. A city official in West said the president is also expected to visit the site of the blast. The Obamas were already scheduled to be in Dallas for the opening of former President George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday morning. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday the first couple will fly to West after the...
  • FBI takes over investigation as Boston cares for the wounded; ...Apt raided by FBI....

    04/15/2013 9:27:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 pm on April 15, 2013 | by Mary Katharine Ham
    I saw many in my Twitter feed objecting to the terrorism/not terrorism debate today. While I can understand objecting to political posturing and sniping based on semantics, the terrorism designation has real legal meaning and news value. This investigation has been handed over to the FBI: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken control of the investigation into the blasts, officials announced Monday night at a joint press conference between local, state, and federal authorities. Though President Obama did not use the word “terrorism” in his address, which came just hours after the attack, White House officials have called it...
  • BREAKING: FIRE AT JFK Library in Boston – Police Investigating

    04/15/2013 1:23:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Gateway ^ | April 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    There is a fire at JFK Library in Boston, Massachusetts. The JFK Library incident is reportedly unrelated to the explosions at the Boston Marathon. ... police are investigating video footage to see if the fire was caused by a bombing. ... A third bomb was detonated by police near the finish line of the marathon.
  • Stacey Dash at the Reagan Library

    04/13/2013 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Bellagio · 18 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04/12/2013 | Ashley D. Bell
    Stacey Dash at the Reagan Library Great Pictures of Reagan & Planes in the background if Stacey would move!
  • Poll : Obama Presidential Library in Hawaii ?

    03/22/2013 10:31:05 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 21 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | March 17 , 2013 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    Obama Presidential Library in Hawaii ? No way ! OK - it will fit right in Put it in Nairobi you've got to be kidding ? Vote for Chicago ! Other
  • Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts

    01/28/2013 5:28:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The Guardian, ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 12.07 EST | Luke Harding in Sévaré
    Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military. French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to rescue the leather-bound manuscripts that were a unique record of sub-Saharan...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • No Guns in the Library: Curbing the Second Amendment in the Stacks(barf alert

    01/10/2013 11:39:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    libraryjournal.com ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    Last month, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals declared Illinois’s ban on carrying a weapon in public unconstitutional, leaving the District of Columbia as the only place in the country that does not allow the concealed carry of firearms by civilians (and D.C. is being sued to allow this). The morally purblind pro-gun lobbyists have been so successful in saturating our society with firearms—from national parks to Amtrak trains—that public libraries across the country are also finding themselves having to grapple with Second Amendment radicals. For example, the Boulder Public Library, until November, had a policy that read: “No...
  • Chicago library custodians (54) laid off

    12/02/2012 4:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/01/12 | Tim Sallinger
    Chicago library custodians laid offTim Sallinger WGN News 7:24 a.m. CST, December 1, 2012 CHICAGO— 54 custodians who clean Chicago libraries turned in their city ID's Friday. The city gave them pink slips earlier this month. Leaders of SEIU, which represents the workers, say they knew for a long time that the custodians would be laid off -- but they expected 90 days advance notice, and only found out this past week.
  • Detroit Public Library's Main Branch raided by the FBI

    11/20/2012 3:13:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WJBK-TV ^ | November 20, 2012 | Ronnie Dahl
    Just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, FBI agents walked out of the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch on Woodward Avenue carrying boxes of evidence. Sources confirmed to Fox 2 the focus of the federal investigation centers around financial records and Tim Cromer, the library's chief administrative officer. "We have not yet to determine any criminal intent. We'll see where the investigation goes," said LaMar Lemmons. He and other members of the library's Board of Commission have raised red flags in the past about how Cromer was handling millions of dollars in no-bid contracts with companies like Cubemation and called for an...
  • Gun found in hollowed-out book donated to Illinois library

    10/27/2012 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Altariel · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 27, 2012 | NBC Chicago
    VALPARAISO, Ill. -- There's quite a tale that goes with a book donated to the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library this week, and it's got nothing to do with fiction. An employee cracking open a copy of Robert Stone's "Outbridge Reach" found the book hollowed out with a historic-looking handgun inside, Valparaiso police said. The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun. Due to the volume of donations received by the library, officials said there's no way to know from whom the book came. Police said,...
  • Question---is it legal for a public library to be used as a campaign training center?

    09/25/2012 8:43:54 PM PDT · by Benjamin Harrison · 16 replies
    Tuesday Night Hoosier Team Volunteer Training Session! (Meeting) The Volunteer Team trainings that were announced last week are upon us!!! We held the first training session last night and we have three more this week! The trainings will be held: Tuesday August 12th, Wednesday August 13th, and Thursday August 14th at The Hussey-Mayfield Library from 7:00pm – 8:25pm in T
  • Books That Shaped America 2012-Which Books Shaped America the Most? Library of Congress Survey

    09/18/2012 5:39:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 9-18-12 | TurboZamboni
    Please look over this inaugural list of Books That Shaped America, as determined by the Library of Congress. These books were written in America by Americans, and had a profound impact on our nation. Which THREE of these books do you think shaped America the most profoundly?
  • Making Contributions to The Obama Presidential Library

    09/12/2012 1:53:23 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-12-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Milton Wolf, M.D., Barack Obama's conservative cousin, has come up with a hilarious "what if" for contributions to the Obama Presidential Library (which will be here sooner rather than later, hopefully). Check out the rest of his "entries" here. This really got me going, with all the entries I could come up with, I may have gone overboard though...
  • Library cards may be used as illegal immigrant ID

    09/11/2012 1:18:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 9-11-12 | ap
    LOS ANGELES—Illegal immigrants in California's largest city could use library cards to open bank accounts and access an array of city services under a plan being considered by city officials. Under the plan, anyone with proof of Los Angeles residency could get a library card, the Los Angeles Times reported (lat.ms/P967MO). The idea is to provide a form of ID to those who cannot get a driver's license because of their immigration status.
  • DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books 'Inaccessible' to the Blind

    08/31/2012 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/31/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers. DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons. The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not
  • Gun supporters protest Richmond library rule with "open-carry" read-in(VA)

    08/16/2012 5:59:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nbc12.com ^ | 15 August, 2012 | Kelly Avellino
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Public Library was inundated with guests carrying guns Wednesday evening. You could call it a silent protest (in a library, it'd have to be). The read-in protest was against one of the rules recently changed on the library's website. The rule reads, "Carrying concealed weapons is prohibited, except as permitted by law." In the Richmond Public Library, it is legal to openly carry a gun without a permit, or to carry one concealed with a permit. Gun supporters say that the wording of the rule is confusing and discourages people from exercising their 2nd...
  • [SF] Library installs privacy screens so patrons can continue looking at PORN on public computers

    08/01/2012 9:21:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 25, 2012 | mail reporter
    The San Francisco Public Library has installed 18 privacy screens on its public computers so patrons continuing looking at online porn in the library without disturbing the people around them. The library refuses to install internet filters, but families have begun complaining that children can see sexually explicit content when they use public computers. At least one group is outraged that the library continues to allow people to use public facilities to look at hardcore pornography and has accommodated them -- instead of driving them out.
  • In West Bend, you can carry books - and guns(WI barf alert)

    06/17/2012 4:18:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    jsonline.com ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Laurel Walker
    The gun ban at West Bend's public library has been shelved. I can see it now. Somebody steps up to the circulation desk and the librarian asks, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just ecstatic to have found 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?" Patrons of the West Bend Community Memorial Library can now pack heat - whether they're into the steamy "Shades" trilogy or not. Last November, the Library Board voted to keep the building a gun-free zone in the wake of the new state law allowing people with permits to carry concealed weapons. But that was...
  • Police needed to get overdue library books back from 4-year-old

    05/11/2012 4:38:06 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    WTAE ^ | May 10, 2012
    FREEPORT, Pa. - An Armstrong County library had to get police involved to get four overdue books returned from a 4-year-old girl. Freeport Area Library Board President Donna Michael said the books had been out since Oct. 19, or 240 days and $81.60 in fines. Michael said she had no choice but to get police involved after two phone calls, a postcard and three letters failed to get the books returned.
  • Library reverses decision on concealed guns(WI)

    02/12/2012 7:21:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    wiscnews.com ^ | 10 February, 2012 | Anna Krejci
    Concealed carrying of weapons is permitted, for now, at the Kilbourn Public Library after the library board reversed a decision to post signs prohibiting the weapons. At a meeting Thursday, library board members said they wanted to persuade legislators to change the law to list libraries in the Wisconsin Statutes as buildings where weapons are prohibited. The board voted 3-2 to rescind a December vote to post signs prohibiting concealed carry. Members Dianne Effinger and Bill Pettit voted against rescinding. Members Jo Ann Luke and Kathleen Helland were absent. Wisconsin Dells Mayor Brian Landers came to talk to the board...
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    seattletimes.nwsource.com ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" — gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...