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Someone is Trying to Save You From Awful Books at the Boston Public Library

“February is Library Lovers’ Month, a time of year when you would expect bookworms to cuddle up in warmly lit bookstack nooks and whisper (literally whisper, this is the library we’re talking about) sweet nothings into the pages of their beloved novels. But those who visit the Boston Public Library’s “BiblioCommons” portal, which hosts user-generated reviews and reading lists by Boston Public Library members, might spot someone who appears to be a “hater” amongst all of the lovers. A user who goes by the name “noluckboston,” has used BiblioCommons to tag 74 books in the Boston Public Library system as “awful library book.” The tag “awful library book” is featured amongst some more typical categories to classify books, such as “suspense,” “romance,” and “fiction,” in the site’s “recent tags” box.” (via Boston.com)

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Boston library projects land $700,000 from Knight Foundation to teach public about privacy and city data

“On Friday, The Knight Foundation awarded over $700,000 in grants to two Boston-based organizations that are using libraries to educate the public about digital privacy tools and share information about public data.  One of the winning projects, Open Data to Open Knowledge, was submitted by Boston’s chief information officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge, and seeks to take data gleaned from the city’s Open Data project and make it publicly available to the citizens through the network of public libraries. “By working with our vast network of public and academic research libraries, the City of Boston can help people access this information in a multitude of ways: to support research, to better understand their city, and to connect this new type of data and the traditional resources curated by our libraries,” Franklin-Hodge wrote in his proposal.” (via BetaBoston)

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Cambridge Public Library declines offer of local author’s book, and then apologizes

“Being a well-known writer and longtime resident of Cambridge, Katherine A. Powers can be excused for expecting to find her latest book on the shelves of the local library. After all, the book about her father, the late writer J.F. Powers, has been widely reviewed, with words of praise appearing in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. (Powers wrote a column for the Globe for 20 years.) But after a recent visit to the Cambridge Public Library revealed that the book, “Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963,” is not, in fact, part of the library’s collection, Powers offered to donate a copy. The library’s answer? Thanks, but no thanks. Citing a policy intended to discourage the public from dumping their unwanted volumes on the library’s doorstep, three employees of the library declined Powers’s offer.” (via Boston.com)

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Struggling Boston church may cash in on rare 1640 book

“A Massachusetts church may sell a copy of the first book published in the American colonies – a volume sometimes called the Gutenberg Bible of America – to help sustain its 343-year-old ministry. The Old South Church in Boston plans to vote at a meeting on Sunday whether to sell one of its two copies of the book of psalms printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640 and expected to sell at auction for $10 million to $20 million, Senior Minister Nancy Taylor said on Friday.”

via Reuters

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Menino pushes e-readers in $2.4B budget

Boston Herald – “The city would hire 100 new firefighters and cops, and 64 teachers, open five new teen centers and boost library services — including lending popular e-readers for the first time — as part of a $2.4 billion budget proposed today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. City spending would increase by $60 million in fiscal 2013, under the mayor’s proposed plan, with the School Department seeing a $26 million increase — the largest for any city agency. The boost for schools would cover new teachers and improvements including new science labs at the Hyde Park Education Complex and new sites for New Mission High and the Boston Community Leadership Academy.”

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State says Boston public schools overspending on book purchases

Boston Globe – “The Boston School Department has routinely skirted state bidding laws in buying novels, plays, and other books, causing it to potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary, according to an investigation by the state Inspector General’s Office. In many instances, the School Department paid more for the books than what members of the general public would spend when they buy them on the websites of national retailers, including some of the same vendors that the School Department uses, the investigation found.”

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Poetry slam packed with popular themes

Boston Globe – “Are poetry slams popular? There were 1,200 folks on line to get into the Berklee Performance Center Saturday for the final night of the National Poetry Slam, which was making its first visit to Boston since 1992. Back then, 16 teams took part; this year there were 75, nine of them from New England. Only four teams reached the finals: Providence Poetry Slam; Nuyorican Poets Cafe; Writing Wrongs from Columbus, Ohio; and Slam Nuba from Denver. Once everybody made it inside, the mood was more celebratory than competitive, with lots of hugging and acknowledging of fellow poets. The audience came in all sizes and shapes and ages and ethnicities, but it was uniformly loud; no vuvuzelas were necessary.”

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