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City panel looks at plan to keep libraries open

Contra Costa Times – “A Los Angeles city panel recommended Tuesday asking voters to pay a $39-a-year parcel tax to keep libraries open six days a week, but had questions on when it should go on the ballot. The City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee supports the measure that would generate an estimated $30 million annually, but balked at the $4.6 million cost to place it on the county ballot in November. “It is a county election and this is the cost they have to place a measure before voters,” said Assistant City Clerk Holly Wolcott, adding that the cost for the city to conduct its own election would be $18 million.”

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Books with gay themes for young readers take off

AP – “At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend – and vice versa. She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like “disgusting” and “worthless.”

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For Siskiyou County libraries, a happy ending is unlikely

LA Times – “Best-case scenario: 4 branches stay open for 6 months. Worst-case scenario: The entire system closes, leaving many tiny towns with no public computers and a gaping hole in the fabric of the community.”

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A Fight to Save Jersey City Museum

WSJ – “As real-estate entrepreneurs Eric and Paul Silverman develop Jersey City, they are also trying to preserve its history. The brothers, known for restoring historic buildings in Jersey City and revitalizing Hamilton Park historic district, are trying to save the floundering Jersey City Museum from shutting. To increase awareness and raise $100,000, the pair commissioned 10 local artists to create a working Miniature Golf Course, which doubles as an art exhibit.”

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Technology “sweeping away” books, says Stoppard

Reuters – “Books are at risk of being “swept away” by a world of new technology and moving images which are increasingly winning the competition for children’s attention, says British playwright Tom Stoppard.”

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Smithsonian leads recovery of Haiti’s art, culture

AP – “Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake in January requires more than rebuilding structures, but also repairing tattered paintings and cultural objects still buried in the rubble, the island nation’s first lady Elisabeth Preval said Thursday. She visited the Smithsonian Institution to open an exhibit of children’s artwork created after the earthquake, calling it a reminder that Haiti still needs help. The paintings and drawings will be on view through the summer. She also discussed the importance of an effort by the U.S. museum complex to lead a cultural recovery effort in Port-au-Prince, where there are few, if any, professionally trained art conservators.”

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Library first in state to launch ‘free music’ program

Mercury News – “The Santa Clara County Library has a long history of letting people borrow items, but now the library is actually giving patrons something to keep. At the start of this month, the library system became the first in California to offer residents free music downloads. The county library system, which includes the Cupertino Library, has a new digital music service that lets library card holders search for music and download songs permanently at no charge. The service, Freegal, is an online database that provides access to songs exclusively from Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of artists. Each library card holder can download three songs each week in MP3 format. The file is permanently saved onto computers, smart phones and other devices with access to the catalog and MP3 capabilities.”

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Levy for (LAPL) libraries proposed

Contra Costa Times – “With budget cuts forcing libraries to close two days a week, the city Board of Library Commissioners asked Wednesday that a $39-a-year parcel tax be placed before voters on the November ballot. Although voters this month shot down a $100 parcel tax to fund Los Angeles schools, the library panel said surveys indicate strong support for its plan.”

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John Steinbeck’s apartment archive to be auctioned

AP – ” John Steinbeck kept his California roots close when writing such masterpieces as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden,” but the Nobel Prize winner also loved New York and made it his home for much of his life. Now, a trove of his personal letters, manuscripts and photographs from his sunny three-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he lived until his death in 1968, is being offered at Bloomsbury Auctions in New York on June 23.”

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Libraries could close for three months if cuts aren’t made

Santa Cruz Sentinel – “All but one county library could close for three months, smaller branches could be shuttered permanently or hours at all branches slashed further if managers and union workers do not reach an agreement to save money on this year’s budget. Wednesday, leaders of Santa Cruz Public Libraries are expected to schedule a Monday meeting to choose one of those three money-saving strategies in case ongoing talks between Service Employees International Union Local 521 and the city of Santa Cruz break down.”

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