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Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families

“The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates’ friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. Often, having a loved one in prison means jumping through expensive, complicated hoops to stay in touch. A large part of the problem has been on the inmate phone industry, but increasingly, prisons and jails are turning to video calls for visitations, and have employed similar practices.” (via The Verge)

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Judge mulls suit to block sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“State Supreme Court Justice Dawn Jimenez-Salta heard attorneys’ arguments in her chambers on Friday in the case of an advocacy group suing to halt the sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library.Justice Jimenez-Salta will be holding the papers for several weeks to review and write a decision, a court source told the Brooklyn Eagle. While a judgement should be rendered within 60 days, she hopes to reach her decision sometime before that.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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New developments in Brooklyn Heights Library plan

“Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has released new details concerning its timeline for the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library.At the same time, an advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the sale and another group is raising funds for a separate lawsuit.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Bibliophiles Attack Condo Plan for Brooklyn Heights Library

“An epic hearing over a contentious plan to replace the Brooklyn Heights Library with a new, smaller one at the foot of a wedge-shaped 36-story condo building was, in the end, anti-climactic. After hours of testimony from both sides, Brooklyn Community Board 2 postponed a vote on an application involving the sale of the library property to developer Hudson Companies.” (via Curbed)

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Libraries in Brooklyn Add Hours and Staff

“Even on a Friday morning, the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant was buzzing: Every computer was being used, laptops had been lent out, patrons were asking for résumé advice and more than a few people were reading actual books. To accommodate that busyness, which borough librarians say is common to all 60 branches, the borough’s library system will be adding more hours, librarians and other staff members starting Oct. 4, a result of an additional $2.8 million for 2015 from the City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.” (via NYTimes.com)

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