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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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