April 20, 2018

Archives for August 2003

Get Your Goosebumps

By Kathy Ishizuka Fans of the scary Goosebumps series will be pleased to know that Scholastic has re-released 25 of the best-selling titles by R. L. Stine. The chapter books, perennial favorites among kids 8 to 12, have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

Enoch Pratt Launches E-Stories Service for Kids

By LJ Staff The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, has launched a new service that offers “live-action, multicultural storyteller performances” for kids on its web site. Funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, the project initially is offering seven stories, but 33 more performances are in the works and others will […]

UCSB Gets Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Archives

By LJ Staff The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has been given the historical archives of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). Established in 1982 and based in Santa Barbara, the NAPF is dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons and working for a peaceful future. The archival collection addresses topics such as the Nuclear […]

Allen County PL, IN Begins $84M Upgrade

By LJ Staff Over the next few years, $20 million will be spent in overhauling most of the branches at the Allen County Public Library, IN. Recently the Shawnee branch reopened in Fort Wayne after a seven-month $960,000 renovation. The Woodburn branch also debuted, with a new 7500 square foot facility more than three times […]

Loudoun County PL Opens Newest Facility

By LJ Staff More than 4600 residents packed the Ashburn Library, the latest addition to the Loudoun County Public Library, VA, on August 10 for the grand opening of the long-planned facility. The 23,000-square-foot, $6.4 million facility is the first new library to open in Loudoun in 12 years and is the county’s seventh public […]

Vanderbilt U. TV News Archive Goes Digital

By LJ Staff The 35th anniversary of Vanderbilt University’s Television News Archive is being marked by making the collection digital. Since August 1968, archivists at Vanderbilt have preserved on videotape and indexed nearly 40,000 hours of network news just as they aired on television, primarily on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Some CNN programs dating from […]

FL Library Sees Meeting Room Ban Rescinded

By LJ Staff Bowing to public pressure and warnings about vulnerability to a lawsuit, the Tarpon Springs, FL city council has stopped prohibiting outside groups from using the community room at Tarpon Springs Public Library. About a year ago, the library limited meeting room usage to library groups only, after refusing a request from the […]

Seattle PL Faces Shortfall

By LJ Staff With the city of Seattle expecting a $24 million shortfall in its 2004 budget, the Seattle Public Library (SPL) is bracing for its part. Mayor Greg Nickels has reinstated a hiring freeze and told department heads to spend less than their allotted budgets for this year. Most departments, except police and fire, […]

Readers at New San Jose Library Set Record

By LJ Staff Six volunteer readers at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Library of San Jose Public Library and San Jose State University have apparently set the world record for reading aloud. They spent nearly 75 hours–more than three days–reading, easily surpassing the listed Guinness Book of World Records mark of 53 hours and […]

Public Helps With Education Tech Plan

By Debra Lau Whelan Officials at the Department of Education (DOE) are currently sifting through some 270 responses to a request for public input to help shape a new plan for teaching technology in our nation’s schools–and a handful of suggestions will likely be included in the final report. The public recommendations–which came from teachers, […]