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Official wants to de-fund library, users should ‘go back to Mexico’

“Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn’t approve of the library’s programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries. “They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps [recipients] and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps [on the Internet]. I see them do it.” (via latimes.com)

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State Librarian: Book Festival proceeds despite state budget problems

“Without direct state government funding, the Louisiana Book Festival relied on federal funds, private donors, some tourism marketing money and a lot of volunteer help. The downtown Baton Rouge event was canceled in 2010 as state funding dried up amid state budget woes. The popular festival resumed in 2011 with help from the Louisiana Library Foundation and Friends of the Library.” (via The New Orleans Advocate)

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Downtown Baton Rouge library to offer new technology, open space for growing community

“The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control approved new schematic designs for a downtown library that is meant for future generations to come. The $19-million River Center Branch Library will feature public common areas, children services, teen areas, business pods, multimedia hubs and multiple meeting rooms and an exterior “technology wall” that could be used to show movies to crowds gathering in Galvez Plaza.” (via NOLA.com)

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Gov. Jindal announces legislation banning sex offenders from parts of libraries

KTBS – “In Baton Rouge today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced his support for SB 162 by Sen. Dale Erdey, which restricts access to public libraries for certain sex offenders. The legislation will be included in the Governor’s 2012 legislative package. Governor Jindal said, “This session we’re pushing for a number of new laws that continue to crack down on sex predators so they can’t harm children in our state. Like schools and playgrounds, libraries should be a place where children can feel protected.  This legislation is another important step we can take to make our communities safe from sex predators.”

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