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By the book: Empty school libraries get new resources, staff

“The magic of books has returned to Jack Yates High School.The school’s once-depleted library shelves are filled with novels, nonfiction, games and gadgets. Students gather to answer questions about books they’ve read as part of a campus quiz show they invented.It’s enough to bring tears to the eyes of Houston school Trustee Jolanda Jones.”Libraries are what kept me sane when I was little,” Jones said at the Yates media center rededication last week, her voice cracking with emotion. “I couldn’t afford to travel and I couldn’t go any place. And I just want for kids to appreciate books like I appreciate books. (via Houston Chronicle)

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National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books

“The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled. Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a reference to the Italian town that Mr. Lunzer’s family has long been associated with. The collection comprises more than 10,000 items that “chart the spread of Hebrew printing and the global dissemination of Jewish culture,” the National Library of Israel said in a statement.” (via The New York Times)

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A nationwide effort launches to turn ‘book deserts’ into literary oases

“The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make “book deserts” a thing of the past.The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing the Book Rich Environment Initiative, which will donate books to residents of public housing nationwide.” (via LA Times)

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A Legacy of Botanical Art and Books

“The late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was half of one of the nation’s most renowned philanthropic art-collecting couples. She and her husband, banking scion Paul Mellon, were major benefactors behind museums such as the National Gallery of Art. Their personal collection overflowed with masterpieces.Still, one of her most profound sources of beauty involved digging in the dirt.” (via WSJ)

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Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Resident Ann Lhota said she requested the book when it reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels. Lhota believes the library’s decision is political.” (via Gainsville Sun)

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