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‘Subway Library’ offers riders a read on their commute

“At least straphangers will have something to read while they’re stuck on a train.Modal TriggerThe “Subway Library” is a special promotion providing riders access to hundreds of free e-books, e-shorts and extensive excerpts. The MTA has remade a subway train to look like the inside of the New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room — and is offering riders free e-books starting today.” (via New York Post)

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Library advocate to visit 50 New York libraries in his ’78 Volkswagen camper

Jeremy Johannesen and his son Jack plan to visit 50 New York libraries in 10 days. It’s not exactly the top vacation trip for most families, but it is the perfect adventure for Johannesen, a Bethlehem resident who is executive director of the New York State Library Association based in Guilderland. First, it gives him the chance to visit some of the state’s 756 public libraries. Second, he gets to spend time with his 11-year-old son. And third, he wanted to put his 1978 Volkswagen camper on the road after 10 years in storage.” (via Times Union)

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Guest essay: Give New York’s libraries their due

“New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.” (via Democrat and Chronicle)

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Corning library trustee steps down, cites objectionable material

“A Southeast Steuben County Library trustee recently stepped down from the position after criticizing the library for promoting objectionable material in a letter posted on the official website of the Town of Caton, where she serves as assessor. In the letter, Ann Balch said her Christian beliefs do not allow her to support:

• The viewing of pornography on library computers.

• The promotion of homosexuality, especially in the children’s department.

• The promotion of witchcraft in the young adult’s section.

• The promotion of the Muslim religion without also promoting Christianity as an alternative.

via The Corning Leader)

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New York Is Shelving Its Prison Law Libraries

“Back in the 1990s, the Supreme Court said that while prisoners have the right to pursue a legal claim, they don’t have “an abstract, freestanding right to a law library.”For years after the ruling, even though it no longer had to, New York required its county jails to maintain a supply of legal reference materials, such as various chapters of New York State Consolidated Laws and case law digests.But as times of plenty have faded, New York has decided that the law library is an unaffordable luxury.  After finding that the mandate imposed a “significant cost upon each county,” New York’s prison commission is proposing to relax the regulation and allow prisons to shutter their libraries. (via WSJ)

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