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New library will showcase Vonnegut’s life

The Indianapolis Star – “Seventy years ago, Kurt Vonnegut moved away from Indianapolis to attend Cornell University at age 17. On Friday, the late literary icon will finally, in a sense, come home. A special open house will introduce the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to Indianapolis from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to giving the public a sneak peek at the partially completed library, board members hope the event will help raise funds.”

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Must we have the digital vs. print battle?

Gabrielle E. Miller – “I lead a national children’s literacy nonprofit organization, so it is not surprising that two recent book industry developments caught my attention: Barnes & Noble’s efforts to digitize 1,000 children’s titles and the use of digital library kiosks in a few locations around the United States. People frequently ask me what I think about digital books for children. Somewhere in the question is the usual implication that one is good and the other is bad – a question that is not really information seeking, but rather a request for validation from someone who has already taken sides in the upcoming ‘battle’ of digital vs. print in children’s literature.”

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Volunteers visit cemeteries to construct a vast database of the dead

Mercury News – “There’s a deep chill where the dead sleep, but Debbie Peevyhouse is fearless as she wanders between tombstones at Mission City Memorial Park, documenting lives lost in Santa Clara Valley. With a digital camera, soft-bristled brush, pencil and note cards, she and other local “gravers” don’t feel haunted by their Halloween-like hobby. Rather, they are proud of their part in creating a vast database of the region’s forebears, before time erases all that is left: a name, two dates, perhaps an epitaph.”

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Zombies in the Library

Just in time for Halloween

Thanks Benjamin

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A Prison-Library Reunion

NYT – “You know you’re not doing well when a prisoner regards you with pity. When a man in an oversize prison uniform — a man who could narrate the gruesome entirety of his life through the scars on his body — gives you the once-over and says: “You O.K., pal? You don’t look too good,” you know you’re in trouble. “

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