March 20, 2018

Archives for July 2005

White Supremacist Vandalizes Library Videos

By LJ Staff Libraries have had trouble with white supremacist groups reserving meeting rooms for their rallies. Now a member of one such group in Illinois has been charged with mangling five videotapes on Holocaust themes. According to the Chicago Tribune, Richard Mayers of Berwyn admitted vandalizing the tapes, including Anne Frank Remembered, from the […]

Here Comes LibraryCity

By LJ Staff A new nonprofit, LibraryCity, as of now virtual, aims to put thousands of ebooks and other items online, in partnership with local libraries and schools. Among those at LibraryCity, Lori Watrous-deVersterre, the executive director, is a tech veteran, while Tom Peters, the project’s advisory librarian, is an e-book usability expert as well […]

IL Governor Supports Filtering Kids’ PL Net Access

By LJ Staff Moments after signing a law banning the sale or rental of adult-oriented video games to minors, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich declared he also favors filtering library Internet workstations used by children. The Illinois Leader reported July 26 that Blagojevich made his remarks to the conservative group Concerned Women for America – Illinois […]

Niagara Falls Library in Trouble

By LJ Staff The Niagara Falls Public Library, NY, which received only half of its $2 million annual budget from the city, still remains in jeopardy. Voters rejected a June referendum that would have allowed increased property taxes for the libraries. Now Mayor Vince Anello wants to fund the system through the end of they […]

Larry Price Leaving Ingram

By LJ Staff Larry Price announced that he is vacating his office as executive vice president with Ingram Library Services "later this summer" after 21 years with the company. "I plan a sabbatical period during the fall to spend more time with family, complete a number of deferred home projects, tackle a file of tempting […]

DiCaprio Gets Literary With Vonnegut, Hemingway

By LJ Staff Leonardo DiCaprio is getting literary: Variety reports that the Aviator star’s Appian Way production company has bought the rights to develop Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle into a feature film. The industry insider reports that James V. Hart, who adapted Clive Cussler’s Sahara for the screen and is now performing a similar feat […]

Half-Blood Prince Sets Sales Records, Bests Order of the Phoenix by 20 percent

By LJ Staff J.K. Rowling fans remain potty for Potter: the latest adventure of the young wizard Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince set new print and audio sales records following its hotly anticipated July 16 release. The Associated Press tallies first day sales at a whopping 6.9 million copies in the United States – […]

Library, Friends Group Split in San Bernardino

By LJ Staff The San Bernardino County Library, CA, and the Friends of the Library at the Loma Linda Branch have had an acrimonious split. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, county librarian Ed Kieczykowski gave the group a deadline to provide a list of members and a set of bylaws to continue fundraising. […]

MA PL Closes After Tax Override Failure

By LJ Staff Though the Hampden Public Library (HPL), MA, has operated since 1891, it closed June 30 after citizens failed to approve a $108,290 operating budget. The library’s FY06 budget, as well as those for a senior center and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, comprised the $584,796 override ballot that needed approval in […]

It’s HOT Out There: Five Books to Conjure the Cool

By LJ Staff The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expeditionby Caroline Alexander Voyage of the Narwhalby Andrea Barrett Latitudes of Meltby Joan Clark Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmerby Lynne Cox Ice Station by Matt Reilly Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, VA See all Wyatt’s World’s