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Drug paraphernalia closes Burlington library restrooms

“Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library plans to put locks on its public restrooms as a way to discourage people from flushing hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia down the toilets.

“We’re hoping to have this done by the end of the week, as soon as the locksmith can do the work,” head librarian Rubi Simon said Tuesday. Simon said the restrooms, on the mezzanine level of the library, were closed three weeks ago after toilets became backed up with the needles and other drug materials for the third time.” (via Burlington Free Press)

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For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

“More than 90 percent of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities, according to the Pew Research Center — but the way that love translates into actual financial support varies hugely from state to state. Vermont, for instance, brags it has more libraries per capita than any other U.S. state. And some of them are remarkably quaint. In Ludlow, one library is a white clapboard Victorian, slightly frayed, ringed by lilies and sitting by the side of a brook.” (via NPR)

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Books Found Burned On Porch Of Hartland Library

“Two incidences of library books being burned on the porch of the Hartland Public Library earlier this month were acts of random vandalism, officials say. The library’s new director, Amy Wisehart, said that the books were taken from the small grey cabinet placed outside the library on the porch, called the ‘‘Little Free Library.’’ The cabinet is part of an initiative for rural libraries who aren’t able to stay open as many hours as they’d like.” (via Vermont Standard)

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Vt. library hires new ‘curator of collections’

“Vermont’s St. Johnsbury Athenaeum has hired a new curator of collections. The athenaeum announced Wednesday the appointment of Robert Joly to the post. Last month the athenaeum laid-off its entire staff as part of an effort to save money. The librarians were told they could reapply for jobs.”

via AP

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Residents decry librarian cuts in Vermont

“Library supporters in the town of St. Johnsbury, Vt., are rallying around the town athenaeum staff, which was dismissed as part of a restructuring. About 200 people surrounded the athenaeum on Saturday, calling on the library’s trustees to rethink their decision last month to reduce the staff from 14 full- and part-time employees to five-full time employees. The librarians were dismissed and told they could reapply.”

via AP

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Google donates 100 computers to Vermont public libraries and adult education sites

‘Google has donated 100 computers and funding for software to Vermont public libraries and adult education sites. Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid announced the gift, which is valued at nearly $25,000 combined. “Our local libraries have become the hubs of connectivity in many communities and we are very pleased with this public private partnership,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “This puts power in the hands of Vermonters seeking free access to the Internet and all the benefits – for education, employment opportunities and more – that offers.”  The donation, part of a larger effort by Google to donate surplus equipment from their offices, includes desktop computers and flat screen monitors, keyboards and mice, all completely refurbished and loaded with the latest software operating systems. None of the computers is more than three years old.”

via Vermont Business Magazine

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Donor Resurrects Endangered Bookmobile

NPR – “When a bookmobile broke down last winter in rural Vermont, patrons, especially preschoolers, really missed it. Then a donor, who heard an NPR story about the rolling library’s demise, came up with over $100,000 for a replacement. The town can’t believe its good fortune.”

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