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7-year-old Milpitas girl’s letter spurs publisher to change book name

“Parker Dains knows there isn’t anything she can’t do or anyone she can’t be because of her gender. That’s why the 7-year-old Milpitas student became very upset earlier this year after a visit to the Milpitas Public Library, when she turned over a book she was reading about insects and saw that it was called “Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys.” “It made me very unhappy,” said Dains, a second-grader at Joseph Weller Elementary School. “I was like, ‘What the?’ I said, ‘Dad we have to do something quickly.'” Do something she did. She went home and wrote a letter to the publisher of the “Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys,” ABDO Publishing, complete with illustrations of herself doing homework and at school.” (via ContraCostaTimes.com)

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Woman leaves $8M gift to Missouri library

“A former library director has left an $8 million gift to Livingston County Library in Chillicothe, which as an annual budget of about $500,000. The memorial gift from Lillian DesMarias will be used to establish the Livingston County Library Charitable Trust. Funds from the trust will support library services and programs the county cannot afford to fund, The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune reported.” (via KMBC)

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Lost library book returns after 10,000 mile trip to Australia

“A copy of the Rough Guide to Sicily was taken out from Oystermouth library in January and was found abandoned in a hotel room on the Italian island. The woman from Melbourne who found it later posted it back to Wales when she was back in Australia. The note she sent with the returned book said: “One of your naughty borrowers left this book behind.” (via BBC)

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Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights Up Library Queries

“Getting a glimpse into the curious minds of others has never been so beautiful – or so bright. Designers Brian W. Brush and Yong Ju Lee of E/B Office New York created an extensive fiber-optic installation for the Teton County Library grand opening in Wyoming that visualizes library searches in flashes of colored light. Dubbed Filament Mind, the installation, which opened at the end of January, uses over five miles of fiber-optic cables and 44 LED illuminators to collect, categorize, and render searches from libraries all across the state of Wyoming into glowing bursts of color.”

via Wired Design

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New SF bookstore devoted to rescuing out-of-print sf books and making them into free ebooks

“Singularity & Co is a new Brooklyn based science fiction bookstore with a mission: based on the Kickstarter project that provided its seed funding, the store is devoted to rescuing one customer-chosen, out-of-print sf book from obscurity by buying the rights to publish it online as a free ebook.”

via Boing Boing

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Over 1,000,000 Torrents of Downloadable Books, Music, and Movies

“The Internet Archive is now offering over 1,000,000 torrents including our live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots and lots of books, and all new uploads from our patrons into Community collections (with more to follow).”

via Internet Archive Blogs

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Judy Blume goes digital for the first time: ‘Forever’ available as e-book

“Parents of tweens must be cringing: Earlier this week, Simon & Schuster Children’s released the first ever Judy Blume e-book and, fittingly, the story they chose to inaugurate this momentous occasion was none other than Blume’s often controversial “Forever,” which tells an endearing story of two teenagers innocently in love and ready to do it. The novel was first published in 1975 and, because of its somewhat taboo topic, it is often a highly censored book. In fact, Blume’s tale of blossoming love appears on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000 and comes in at number 8. In fact, five of her books are on the list and the others include “Blubber” (32), “Deenie” (46), “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” (62) and “Tiger Eyes” (78).”

via New York Daily News

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Sloatsburg woman’s backyard Little Free Library is new chapter of global movement

“Imagine a library with no late fines, quiet rules or closing hours. You’ll find one about the size of a large birdhouse atop a pole in Margaret Gulick’s backyard. Painted green with miniature gnomes, the weatherproof, shingled wooden structure stands about 6 feet tall on the edge of her lawn, at the intersection of Sterling Avenue and Navajo Trail. Known as a Little Free Library, the free book exchange is part of a worldwide grassroots movement to promote literacy.”

via The Journal News

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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution

KALW – “In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services. So she stopped looking and made a blog of her own. She called it “Librarian in Black,” so that her blog would match her wardrobe. Part of Houghton’s appeal is that she looks and acts nothing like the stereotypical librarian. Most people imagine librarians with gray hair, giant glasses, mouthing the words, “Shhh… This is a library.” Though Houghton is acting director at the San Rafael Public Library, she doesn’t fit that description. “My mother would be the first one to tell you that,” she says. Houghton is young, has no glasses, and her hair is actually not gray, but sprinkled with dashes of blue. She wears all black, all the time. She has a tattoo on her arm of Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and another of Winnie Pooh.”

Great article! Congrats Sarah!

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Athena’s Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

NPR – “With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a 19th century temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum. This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement. A bust of the Greek goddess Athena surveys her realm from the open mezzanine above the main floor. Shafts of light fall gracefully through an atrium. A wrought-iron railing circles the upper floor and bookshelves, fronted by pillars and topped with busts of writers, giving the impression of holding up the ceiling. There’s still a card catalog.”

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