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Washington State Library Reduces Service Hours

“In-person service hours at the main Washington State Library in Tumwater will be reduced by four hours a day, effective June 16, as the service-and-research institution grapples with continuing significant budget challenges. The Library at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater traditionally has been open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  But like other states facing budget difficulties, the State Library faces an immediate shortfall that must be addressed through layoffs and fewer direct service hours.” (via Washington State Library)

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Olympia library staff fearful after threats resulting from heroin crackdown

“Staff at the downtown Olympia Timberland Library say they are working in fear and one security guard has resigned after Olympia police cracked down on a drug house across the street from the library, court papers state. Olympia police arrested two people at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday for allegedly making threats to kill a library security guard because they were upset over the staff’s crackdown on heroin use in library bathroom stalls. One suspect followed the security guard into the library Wednesday and intimidated staff, according to court papers. (via The Olympian)

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Creating a Community Where Knowledge Grows

“The Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Wash. focuses on the needs of its community. Through focus groups and opinion surveys, the library system implements programs that the community deems important. This is how the Pierce County Library System has become a leader in early childhood literacy. Because the first five years are the most important in childhood development, Executive Director Neel Parikh believes that the library has an opportunity to make a difference by helping parents and caregivers understand early literacy.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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Wyman picks up torch to save Wash. State Library

“It’s turning into an unofficial hazing ritual for Washington’s secretary of state: Win the election, get sworn in, then go fight to save the State Library from budget cuts suggested by the governor or the Legislature. Just 21/2 months after taking office, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is following the footsteps of her predecessor, Sam Reed, in fighting against a proposed fund reduction for the library’s operations.” (via AP)

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New digital collection: North Central Washington Heritage

“Just as this year’s Washington apple crop is shaping up to be the second most productive season on record, a new Washington Rural Heritage collection documents our state’s long history of agricultural abundance in the heart of apple-growing country. The Foodways & Byways of North Central Washington Collection illustrates how the production, acquisition, and distribution of local food has played a central role in the history and development of North Central Washington.”

via Washington State Library

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Internet Archive Sues to Stop New Washington State Law

“The Internet Archive has filed a federal challenge to a new Washington State law that intends to make online service providers criminally liable for providing access to third parties offensive materials.The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF is representing the Internet Archive in order to block the enforcement of SB 6251, a law aimed at combatting advertisements for underage sex workers but with vague and overbroad language that is squarely in conflict with federal law. Procedurally, the Internet Archive lawsuit was filed as an intervention into a similar suit, Backpage.com v. McKenna, filed last week.”

via Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Don’t close the state’s law library

News Tribune – “The Washington State Law Library will close its doors if the state Senate budget for 2011-2013 becomes law. This should concern citizens because the law library is used by many people who are not lawyers but need to research legal issues affecting their lives.”

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