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How Libraries are Making Comic Conventions Accessible

“Last year, John Keithley, who runs Mystery House Comics, met a young boy in a samurai rabbit costume at a comic convention.”Oh, you’re dressed as Usagi Yojimbo,” Keithley said, instantly recognizing a character created by Stan Sakai.The boy’s mother leaned in. “He wrote a letter to Stan,” she said. “Could you get it to him?”If this were San Diego Comic Con, or one of the other expensive, multi-day behemoth conventions that have taken over the comic con industry, that request would have been typical—and drowned out among the din of thousands of other passionate comics geeks. But it wasn’t, and that young samurai didn’t need to travel to San Diego to make it. This was the annual Boise Library Comic Con, which draws nearly 10,000 Idahoans with artist tables, panels, and cosplay.” (via Vice)

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Two Toronto public libraries plan extended hours without staff

“The Toronto Public Library plans to keep two branches open late without any staff, an idea that’s alarmed the library workers’ union.The library will extend services — such as hold pick-ups, book borrowing, book returns and access to computers — at both the Swansea Memorial and Todmorden Room locations in fall 2017, said Moe Hosseini-Ara, director of branch operations and customer experience.” (via Metro Toronto)

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5 Cincinnati libraries now offering after-school snacks for food-insecure kids, teens

“More than 630,000 children across Ohio live in food insecure households, meaning more than one in four don’t know where their next meal will come from, according to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.That’s why the organization is expanding its network of after-school snack services to include five local libraries: Avondale, College Hill, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. “(For) many of the students who participate in after-school programs, this is the only snack or hot meal they’ll receive at the end of the evening,” said Maria Santiago of the Children’s Hunger Alliance. “So we want to ensure that they do receive that healthy meal and are setup for success with their basic needs.” (via WCPO)

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Dilemma for librarians: Keep thousands of books or donate them?

“The librarian plucks a book from a cart at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington and flips through the pages, scanning “Goodbye, Sweetwater” for signs of damage. “Is it stained? Is it torn?” Jo Stallworth asks of the 1988 collection of stories by novelist Henry Dumas. “Because even if you say, ‘It’s a good book,’ but the binding is cracked and the cover is falling off, it’s taking space from another book on the shelf.” (via Washington Post)

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Pol rebukes Brooklyn library for lecture series by Israel critic

“A state lawmaker from Brooklyn is condemning the borough’s public library for hosting a 10-week lecture series with controversial author and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, described Finkelstein as a “Holocaust revisionist” and said taxpayer dollars should not be used to give him a forum for his “hateful” views.“ The question is, ‘Why would the Brooklyn Public Library allow this vile propagandist to use their facilities to spread his hate to the public?’ ” Hikind said.” (via NY Daily News)

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