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Libraries Would Lose Funding In First Year Of Governor Kasich’s Proposed Budget

“Ohio’s library system is considered one of the best and best-funded in the nation. But while Gov. John Kasich is calling for libraries to provide online job training and education, there’s no money included in his budget to do that. In fact, the state’s public library fund faces a $7 million cut in the first of two years under the Governor’s plan.” (via WOSU Radio)

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Evanston library to hire social worker to aid with homeless, other patrons

“A growing number of the 640,000 people a year who use the Evanston Public Library and its two branches are homeless, according to library officials, and the library director said a social worker has been hired to assist them. Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said that funding cuts to other social service agencies and the services they provide has led to more homeless people accessing the library for shelter from frigid winter temperatures and summer heat waves, among other reasons.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Carla Hayden Thinks Libraries Are a Key to Freedom

“Most librarians of Congress haven’t actually previously been librarians. What’s the best preparation for this role? There have been two other librarians of the 14 total — we’ve had historians, we’ve had lawyers — but the main theme has been an interest in ideas and knowledge and a belief in that. That’s what prepares you — to have an open mind, to want to expand other people’s interest in history and knowledge. Each librarian has been almost perfect for the time that they served. I just hope that I can keep that momentum going.” (via The New York Times)

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[Virginia] House panel shoots down ban on guns in libraries

“A House subcommittee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow libraries owned or operated by local governments to ban firearms from their premises. On a 4-1 voice vote, Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee recommended tabling HB 1418. The bill, proposed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, sought to allow localities to adopt ordinances to prohibit the carrying firearms in public libraries.” (via WRIC)

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Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways

“Public libraries are on the front lines of the battle against homelessness.It’s a growing trend across the country and right here in Boise.”We have folks who come in here to get warm, folks that come in and use the Wi-Fi and in the summer time, folks that come in to stay cool,” said Kevin Booe, Director of the Boise Public Library.” (via KBOI)

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