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Proposed library cuts an assault on the poor, US Rep. Grijalva says

“As a boy growing up on the south side of Tucson, Raúl Grijalva was constantly inside the school library reading novels, magazines and newspapers.On Tuesday, Congressman Grijalva, D-Arizona, stood outside El Presidio Library with a demand to President Donald Trump — put back the $187 million in federal funding to libraries that his proposed budget had eliminated. “It’s time we recognize this for what it is — an assault on the poor, plain and simple.” (via tucson.com)

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Chairman quits after Arizona genealogy library’s changes

“There goes the researcher vote … The changes at the state Library, Archives and Public Records division are not going down well with the research community. After Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who oversees the division, announced “digital is our world,” a member of the state Library Advisory Board resigned. Then came four layoffs and the abrupt downsizing and move of the state genealogy collection. For Catherine May, who was the board’s first chairman, it was too much. “I just don’t want my name tied to Secretary Reagan,” May said. “I don’t trust what they’ve done.” (via Arizona Republic)

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Researchers lament Arizona genealogy library’s sudden downsizing, relocation

“Researchers see history disappearing before their eyes, as the state’s genealogical library is being packed up and only partially relocated to a new building. News of the pending Friday closure of the genealogy library inside the state Capitol has fueled a wave of complaints and concerns from researchers who fear they will have less to work with as they trace family history. On Monday, a small portion of the 20,000-item collection will open to the public at the Genealogy Center at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, located a few blocks southwest of the Capitol.” (via Arizona Republic)

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Coming soon to your local library: guns?

“Will the fourth time be a charm? The Arizona Legislature appears headed once again to passing a bill that would allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. Undaunted by Gov. Jan Brewer’s three – count ’em, three – vetoes, our leaders are trying once again to to pass a law that would allow most any Tom, Dick or Dirty Harry to come packing when they hit the local library – and I don’t mean books.” (via azcentral)

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Packing heat in your library bookbag

“This weekend, I plan to work up my nerve, push away my fear, toss caution to the wind and walk into one of those sinister spots where danger awaits around every corner, where catastrophe could strike at any moment. Yep, I’m going to the library. Every day all over Arizona, people take their lives into their own hands as they dare to take their books back to the library. That’s because in Arizona, you can’t take your AR-15, your AK-47 or your Sig Sauer P290 into the public library. Not so much as a Saturday night special can you sneak into the stacks.” (via azcentral.com)

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