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Texas prisons ban ‘The Color Purple’ and book about Jackie Robinson but not ‘Mein Kampf’

“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The Washington Post)

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New Kiosks Make Bibliotech Materials Convenient For VIA Riders

“The first all-digital library in the U.S. is expanding to include riders on VIA Metro Transit buses.Just in time for Bibliotech’s third anniversary, the library has struck a new partnership to expand its reach and provide library materials to a new community of patrons who otherwise might find it hard to  go to a library.VIA riders will be able to use new Bibliotech kiosks at their bus stations to sign up and get a “virtual” library card, use apps, and borrow books, music, movies, and publications.” (via Texas Public Radio)

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If a cat librarian isn’t safe from the government, then who is?

“I’m just going to be up front about this. I’m pulling for the cat. Not because I particularly like cats (sorry to both cats and cat people). It just seems a bit unfair that Browser — a library cat in Texas — might be in danger of losing his home. But I guess that’s on the table, because local officials in White Settlement, Tex., this month voted to relocate the cat, even though he has faithfully served the community for the past six years.” (via The Washington Post)

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Library Cat Evicted: City Council Votes To Oust Library’s Mascot Of 5 Years Due To ‘Pettiness’

“A Texas city council has voted to evict a library cat.The library has been home to a light-grey tabby kitty named Browser for five years. The council ordered his eviction in a 2-to-1 vote, according to Fox News. The mayor of White Settlement says the council cites “pettiness” as the reason for Browser’s sudden eviction. According to Mayor Ron White, the cat’s eviction is based on city hall’s pettiness due to a city employee not being allowed to bring a puppy to work.” (via Inquisitr)

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Bringing books back to life: NEH, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award $95,000 grant to UNT Libraries

“The University of North Texas Libraries is working to bring more than 100 out-of-print books back to life. Thanks to a $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor under the new Humanities Open Book Program, the UNT Libraries will digitize 146 books and make those available for free as e-books.” (via University of North Texas)

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