November 24, 2017

Archives for April 2006

2006 Edgar Award Winners Announced

By LJ Staff At its 60th annual Edgar Allen Poe Awards dinner held April 27, 2006 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Mystery Writers of America recognized the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction published in 2005. For Best Novel, Jess Walter’s Citizen Vance (Reagan Books) was the surprise winner, beating heavy favorites […]

RI City Council Criticizes “Adult” Newspaper Insert at Library

By LJ Staff The adult content inside free newspapers has sparked another controversy at the Westerly Public Library (WPL), RI, where some city council members want the Providence Phoenix‘s section in question to be available upon request to adults only. The stick: a possible delay in $400,000 unless WPL complies. Library executive director Kathryn Taylor […]

Colorado Attempt to Ban Non-English Books Fails

By LJ Staff The battle over immigration, and libraries’ services to Spanish speakers, has been ratcheted up in Colorado, where Rep. David Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) tried to ban the state from publishing information in Spanish and ban libraries from purchasing materials in a language other than English. Under the resolution, instructional and reference materials would […]

First Carnegie Public Library Damaged by Lightning Strike

By LJ Staff The first public library funded by Andrew Carnegie remains closed after a bolt of lightning on April 7 at 8:15 p.m. struck and demolished the building’s granite clock tower. Fortunately, the Allegheny Regional branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was closed at the time. "The lightning rod did its job," said […]

TN Library Outsourcing Possibility on Hold

By LJ Staff A court has blocked the Jackson-Madison County Library Board from further discussing the privatization of library management until a judge rules that the board has jurisdiction to do so, according to the Jackson Sun. A court hearing will be held May 5. The board met April 20 to hear community input on […]

Tacoma’s Odencrantz One Finalist for Denver Job

By LJ Staff We don’t know who all four finalists are for the top Denver Public Library job, but Tacoma Public Library director Susan Odencrantz is one of the group. The Tacoma News Tribune reported last week that Odencrantz was visiting Denver for several days of interviews. The Denver Public Library Commission hired Dubberly Garcia […]

Guelph PL Creates Vendor Credit for New Orleans PL

By LJ Staff The Guelph Public Library, ON, anticipated the New Orleans Public Library’s (NOPL) recent request for cash rather than books, as last year it established a credit account for the hurricane-hit system with a common vendor. Money that originally was intended to fund the board’s share of a Christmas dinner for library staff […]

Wiseguy Claims Hoffa Hit in Forthcoming Bio

By LJ Staff Another wiseguy is stepping up to the plate and claiming responsibility for one of the 20th century’s most famous hits. In The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, coming in July from St. Martin’s, late hit man Richard Kuklinski tells ghost writer Philip Carlo that he murdered teamster boss Jimmy […]

Rohr Family Creates $100K Jewish Lit Prize

By LJ Staff The family of real estate magnate and book lover Sami Rohr have created the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, an annual $100,000 prize for an "emerging writer whose work has demonstrated a fresh vision and evidence of future potential." The Rohr family said that the award hopefully will "encourage, promote, and […]

LA Times Hosting Annual Festival of Books, April 29 – 30

By LJ Staff West Coast librarians and book heads unable to come to DC in May for BookExpo America can head to Los Angeles at month’s end for the annual LA Times Festival of Books, April 29 – 30 at the UCLA campus. Always a great gathering, this year’s show feature 400 authors, 97 panel […]