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Friends make the difference at the Bettendorf Public Library

February 7, 2014
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The Bettendorf Public Library is one of the most highly ranked in the country for member satisfaction. For libraries of its size in the United States, it is one of the most favorably rated and reviewed. Why is that? What is going on there? What is so special about the Bettendorf Public Library? After all, it’s not one of those new fancy all-digital public libraries. Well, the answer lies in […]

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Over 70,000 books stolen from Brooklyn Public Library in 2012

January 31, 2014
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Official logs show that book thieves permanently checked out more than 70,000 books from the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012. Graphic novels, GED preparation guides, nursing study guides and professional exam prep books were the most commonly stolen types of books. A librarian said that she was all too familiar with the vexing stolen book phenomenon. Library workers pointed to cutbacks for the increasing theft numbers, which spiked seriously from […]

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Massachusetts school officials restore librarian positions

January 24, 2014
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Swampscott High School and Swampscott Middle School is not going to be without great librarians through at least 2015. The proposed school budget for 2014-15 is expected to include ample funding for librarians. The funding will further propose adequate spending for library support positions at those libraries, the Interim Superintendent said this month. Unfortunately, the middle school and high school have been without librarians since the school year started. The […]

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Kindle Owners’ Lending Library now has over 500,000 ebooks

January 18, 2014
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Amazon has done it.  They have crossed the half million mark in their ebook lending library.  Today there are currently 500,896 different ebooks in the list of ebooks in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. It only took Amazon a little over two years to achieve this milestone.  The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) launched on November 3, 2011 with under 5,000 ebook titles.  Anybody that buys a Kindle or Kindle […]

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Los Angeles Public Library offers high school courses and diplomas

January 15, 2014
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While schools all over the nation are being reformed, it’s often easy to forget that libraries have been a great source of public learning for centuries. The Los Angeles Public Library doesn’t want us to forget this either, as they announced last week that they’ll be offering accredited high school diplomas to high school dropouts. John Szabo is the man behind this initiative, and it’s clear that he’s not satisfied […]

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Jail time for overdue library books?

January 2, 2014
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For the most part, libraries are a free service that many local residents enjoy, yet sometimes, overdue library books can result in fines, warrants or even jail time! People usually return a book before it’s overdue to prevent increasing fines. Sometimes, however, certain events in life can get in the way of returning a library item on time. In Copperas Cove, Texas, a man named Jory Enck was recently jailed […]

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Woman gets $90k donation to public libraries as her 90th birthday gift

December 19, 2013
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Over 25 years ago, Cindy Pritzker created the Chicago Public Library Foundation to help raise funds for libraries in the city. It is a highly recognized fundraising partner of the Chicago Public Libraries. This foundation supports several different areas of public libraries including technology, programming, innovation and collection development. The Chicago Public Library Foundation has since provided over five million dollars in annual support for many library programs throughout the […]

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Woman allegedly creates library cards for fake children to steal items

December 9, 2013
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While library cards aren’t as complex to acquire as a passport or a new birth certificate, there are enough measures in place to ensure an applicant is a resident of that specific town (and that the applicant in question does in fact exist). Stealing from a library is nothing new, but a St. Paul, Minnesota woman went to the extent of creating 24 children and registering them for library cards […]

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San Antonio embraces a library without paper books

November 25, 2013
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When most people go into the library they search through thousands of different books until they find the exact one that they want to check out and take home. Things are now changing for a library in San Antonio, as they are embracing the future and looking to ebooks instead of physical books. This library is the Bexar County Digital Library located in San Antonio, Texas. When guests walk into […]

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Miami Book Fair International celebrates its 30th year

November 19, 2013
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On Sunday, November 17th, the Miami Book Fair International opened for the 30th year. The event is presented and produced by The Center for Theatre and Literature at Miami Dade College. Miami Dade is the largest of the Florida colleges and prides itself on its diversity. The event is a huge fair for book lovers, who travel from all over the country to see more than 500 authors give presentations, […]

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