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fate of michigan library cat unclear


lyons, mich. (ap) — some residents in central michigan are hoping local officials will allow a cat to stay in the public library. wood-tv reports that the lyons township district library board of directors decided last month that the cat would have to leave the lyons public library because some patrons are allergic.the gray and white cat, known as aww kitty, was a stray before she came to the library about 2 ½ years ago. she’s become the library’s unofficial mascot and a sort of therapy cat.many local residents told the board thursday that they want the cat to be allowed to remain in the library.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the board will review the public’s comments and resume discussions about the issue at its next meeting.another home for aww kitty has alrea






marinet download


download download access the marinet catalog from your [iphone/android]. the marinet catalog app makes it easy to find and discover titles, place holds, renew items, rate titles, and create lists. you can also get information about our libraries: belvedere tiburon library. college of marin library. dominican university of california's archbishop alemany library. larkspur library. marin county free library. mill valley public library. san anselmo public library. san rafael public library. sausalito public libraryfeatures include: quickly search the collection. browse bestsellers and new items. check a title's availability - even map the locations where your title is available now. place and manage your holds. renew items. check library hours.






new york city's transit agency models train after library


new york — new york city's transit agency has remodeled a subway train to look like the inside of the new york public library's historic reading room — a new promotion that also will offer free e-books to passengers.the new "subway library" promotion will last for six weeks and give riders access to hundreds of e-books for free.mta spokesman kevin ortiz tells the new york post (http://nyp.st/2siz63i ) the train that looks like the library will run on two train lines in the city.new york public library president tony marx says the promotion encourages reading and curiosity, and the partnership with the metropolitan transportation authority is "right on track."the brooklyn public library and queens library also are part of the promotion.






bpl press download


download download a digital collection of magazines and literary journals published by brooklyn public library. brooklyn public library is the fifth largest library system in america and serves the borough's 2.5 million residents in its 59 neighborhood libraries across brooklyn, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and promoting free access to information and education.






meet 'burma superstar' chef desmond tan in oakland


desmond tan, proprietor of the bay area’s popular burma superstar restaurants, will discuss the rise of burmese cuisine and show how to prepare recipes from his new cookbook on saturday, june 10, in oakland.the 2:30 p.m. appearance will be held at the temescal library, 5205 telegraph ave.  — not far from his oakland eatery at 4721 telegraph. (his other superstars are in alameda and san francisco.)tan’s first cookbook, “burma superstar: addictive recipes from the crossroads of southeast asia” ($30, 272 pages), was published this year by ten speed press.the talk is free and open to the public. details: www.oaklandlibrary.org.






el paso public library


the el paso public library on your mobile device. search the catalog and access your account. find your nearest library location and connect with library staff. check the calendar for events and cl es or find out about the latest recommended books. read el paso tx's latest postings on facebook, twitter, and instagram.






oakland firefighter blames city for fires at vacant library


oakland – the city’s management of abandoned properties it owns and communication between departments is under scrutiny after a fire battalion chief complained that little to nothing was done to secure a vacant library after a fire in april and a second, larger blaze broke out there weeks later where a firefighter broke his ankle.the 99-year-old miller avenue library, which is on the national registry of historic places, has been vacant for years and overrun by squatters. after an april 8 fire, the building was ordered boarded up. but people quickly got inside again and a larger fire broke out april 25. it was at that fire that an unidentified firefighter was injured.“we expect the citizens and property owners of this city to maintain and take responsibility for their properties. we (the c






millennials, women and college grads are most prolific library users / boing boi


a pew survey found that the majority of millennials have visited a public library this year, making them the most prolific library-using generation. an ala spokesperson attributed this to the libraries' commitment to providing free, fast broadband and the ability to borrow devices such as tablets -- but the survey found that very few patrons use the libraries' apps. beyond demonstrating generational differences in library use, the survey showed other demographic differences in library use. for instance:* women are more likely than men to say they visited a public library or bookmobile in the past 12 months (54% vs. 39%). and women are similarly more likely to use library websites (37% vs. 24%).* college graduates are more likely than those whose education ended with a high school diploma t






new program lets readers erase library fines


wiping your slate clean of library late fees will be as easy as dropping off overdue books and other materials at any library branch in san jose through the end of this month.the san jose public library’s new two-week amnesty program was approved by the city council last year at the suggestion of former district 6 councilman pierluigi oliverio. more than a third of the city’s public library users owed nearly $6.9 million in outstanding fines at the time.oliverio, who recalled borrowing library books “constantly, especially during the summer,” said he is pleased to see his goal of removing barriers to book use materialize.“i’m happy to see children being able to use the library again, who may have had an unfortunate circumstance with a previously borrowed book,” oliverio said. “i do not thi






nyc libraries to forgive all children’s library late fees


new york (ap) — new york city libraries have announced they plan to forgive the late fees of all children aged 17 and under in a one-time amnesty event.the city’s three library systems — the new york public library, the queens library and the brooklyn public library — say they will forgive all children’s fines thursday and unblock their library cards. the new york times reports the forgiveness is being underwritten by the jpb foundation, which will make up over $2.25 million of the shortfall.patrons who rack up $15 in late fees at the city’s public libraries are blocked from taking out more books until the fine is paid.the amnesty period will be brief as fines will begin accruing on the same day.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: the new york tim






washington county's little valley library on the verge of big changes


to grace and tom fix and their daughters, the public library in washington county is more than a place to satisfy intellectual curiosity. they think it should be a place for neighbors in the rural lower st. croix valley to gather. and it isn’t.the fixes and other residents went to a recent county board meeting to tell commissioners what’s lacking at valley library in lakeland, describing crowded aisles between book stacks and patrons having to walk through a boiler room to reach the restroom.“residents of our community really do deserve a better library,” said beverly mcdonough of st. mary’s point.valley library, the smallest washington county branch library and the seventh smallest public library in the metro area, is seeing a public demand for more space at a time when other libraries in






library's rare books collection closing for renovations


boston — one of the nation's largest public collections of rare books is closing for renovations.boston has begun undertaking a multi-million dollar effort to preserve the boston public library's historic rare books and manuscripts department.the nearly $16 million investment began with taking inventory of the department's nearly 250,000 books and one million manuscripts. the next phase calls for renovations to better regulate temperature and humidity in the collection's storage areas, staff spaces, conservation lab, and public reading room.the collections have been on a limited viewing schedule since february and will close to the public starting april 27.among its highlights are 10th century medieval manuscripts, revolutionary war documents and president john adams's personal library. th






robert rohlf, former hennepin county library system director, left wide-ranging


he was known as mr. library, and no wonder.robert rohlf directed the hennepin county library system for 25 years, served as president of the national public library association, and worked at the top levels of the library of congress. throughout a long career, he became known locally and nationally as a innovator in how library services are delivered.rohlf, a minneapolis native, died june 6. he was 89."he saw a library as a place for a community to come together and not just to check out a book and go home," said lois langer thompson, director of the hennepin county library system. "it was a place where things were happening and not just a repository of books."rohlf graduated from de la salle high school, received a bachelor's in history from the college of st. thomas and completed a maste






robert rohlf, former hennepin county library system director who died at 89, lef


he was known as mr. library, and no wonder.robert rohlf directed the hennepin county library system for 25 years, served as president of the national public library association, and worked at the top levels of the library of congress. throughout a long career, he became known locally and nationally as a innovator in how library services are delivered.rohlf, a minneapolis native, died june 6. he was 89.“he saw a library as a place for a community to come together and not just to check out a book and go home,” said lois langer thompson, director of the hennepin county library system. “it was a place where things were happening and not just a repository of books.”rohlf graduated from de la salle high school, received a bachelor’s in history from the college of st. thomas and completed a maste






in defense of messages posted to twitter by jefferson county public library


twitter screenshotssome of the tweets deleted from the jeffco library twitter account.re: “jeffco library scrubs tweets after getting complaints that posts are politically biased,” feb. 23 news story. as an employee of the jefferson county public library, i want to register my disgust with jeffco commissioner don rosier’s policing of the library’s twitter account. his actions, in conjunction with those of pam nissler, the library’s executive director, amount to nothing less than censorship at a time when the nation can ill afford to censor one of its last untarnished democratic institutions.rosier is only partially correct when he says the library seems to be in opposition to our nation’s leadership: we are not opposed to the current leadership, per se, so much as we are opposed to the bla






washington county's little valley library hoping for big changes


to grace and tom fix and their daughters, the public library in washington county is more than a place to satisfy intellectual curiosity. they think it should be a place for neighbors in the rural lower st. croix valley to gather. and it isn’t.the fixes and other residents recently went to a county board meeting to tell commissioners what’s lacking at valley library in lakeland, describing crowded aisles between book stacks and patrons having to walk through a boiler room to reach the restroom.“residents of our community really do deserve a better library,” said beverly mcdonough of st. mary’s point.valley library, the smallest washington county branch library and the seventh smallest public library in the metro area, is seeing a public demand for more space at a time when many other libra






transitional library in south burlington hopes to open soon


south burlington, vt. (ap) — south burlington’s public library hopes to open a transitional location in the city’s local mall by the end of the year.library director jennifer murray says she’s excited for the new location and cannot wait to open up. murray tells local 22 news that bookshelves will be arriving the first week of december and hopefully it will be ready to open by the end of the month.city public information officer coralee holm says the move is pre-funded and the transitional space for the library will be used for three years.after that the library will find a permanent, stand-alone location.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the new library will have wireless internet, a kids’ area and computers.___information from: local 22/local 44 news, http://www.m






naperville library lays off 5 staffers, seeks 4.3% levy hike


the naperville public library has laid off five employees and wants the city of naperville to approve a 4.3 percent property tax levy increase to fill a $600,000 funding gap in its 2018 budget.without the levy increase, the library will need to cut the hours it is open to the public, said julie rothenfluh, executive director of naperville public library.a decrease in revenues — including library fees and fines and money from the state — is driving the need to increase the levy from $13.98 million in 2017 to $14.58 million for 2018, rothenfluh said."as the budget process developed and we looked at an internal review of our facilities department and the positions we actually needed, we determined it would be more fiscally sound to lay off the existing staff," she said.it was the first time i






library of congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer char


the library of congress announced today that it will no longer add every public tweet to its archives, an ambitious project it launched seven years ago. it cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as twitter’s decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280. instead, starting on jan. 1, the library will be more selective about what tweets to preserve, a decision it explained in a whitepaper.“generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, and themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy,” the library wrote. (in other words, all of president donald trump’s tweets will most likely be preserved, but probably not your breakfast pics).in 2010, the library began saving all public tweets “for






library of congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer char


the library of congress announced today that it will no longer add every public tweet to its archives, an ambitious project it launched seven years ago. it cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as twitter’s decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280. instead, starting on jan. 1, the library will be more selective about what tweets to preserve, a decision it explained in a white paper.“generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, and themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy,” the library wrote. (in other words, all of president donald trump’s tweets will most likely be preserved, but probably not your breakfast pics).in 2010, the library began saving all public tweets “fo






illinois library marks state bicentennial with film series


pekin, ill. (ap) — a central illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state’s bicentennial.the pekin times reports the pekin public library will screen a dozen documentaries about state and local history. the first screening is scheduled for friday.illinois’ 200th birthday is dec. 3, and events are scheduled across the state this year to celebrate the milestone.jared olar is a pekin public library assistant. he says the documentaries range from “history of pekin” to one featuring veterans recounting their experiences in world war ii.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the films will be shown for free on the first friday of each month through december. a full list of the films is on the library’s website .






oakland school board’s top pick for superintendent gets to know students – the m


oakland — at first, they struggled a bit with her long last name.“welcome, superintendent johnson…trammell,” greeted a chorus of about 30 students in latasha ellison’s fourth grade class at hoover elementary in west oakland.the students were the first to be visited by kyla johnson-trammell since being selected as the top pick for oakland’s next superintendent of schools. she came to the school thursday afternoon to read to students as part of asian-american literature read-in week.the oakland school board made the announcement wednesday night that trammell, a long-standing educator and leader in oakland public schools, is their choice to assume the role of superintendent july 1, pending completion and signing of her contract.“i’m very happy to be here this afternoon,” she said to the kids






neighborhood feels left out of library expansion


a plan by menlo park officials to expand and possibly rebuild the downtown library has drawn criticism from some belle haven residents who say their neighborhood has lacked library services for years.exacerbating the situation in belle haven is that its library branch last fall cut back the time the general public can visit it, to fewer than three hours on some days. the library also has a shortage of resources for adults.“instead of lengthening the hours, they were cut and as a neighborhood, we were not even notified they were cut. there was just a small notice in the library,” l.j. anderson told the city council during tuesday’s meeting.when she moved to belle haven three years ago, she asked that the library stay open until 9 each night. “people could go after dinner and with their kids






transgender man files complaint against seattle library over private restroom


can the seattle public library exclude a transgender man from a family bathroom because he doesn’t have a child with him? he filed a civil-rights complaint monday.a transgender man filed a complaint with the seattle office for civil rights on monday afternoon against the seattle public library for refusing to allow him to use the only private restroom in its downtown building, which is reserved for families.after ryan “comet” alley refused to stop filming his encounter this past wednesday with a library security officer, he was asked to leave. when he didn’t, the officer banned him from the library for three days. alley posted the video to facebook, attracting thousands of views. danni askini, executive director of the gender justice league, said she thinks the library is out of compliance






embattled evanston librarian returns from leave; could be fired over facebook po


a popular evanston librarian who returned from a 15-day disciplinary suspension last week now stands to lose her job after a termination hearing before library officials friday morning.lesley williams, the evanston public library's adult services librarian, said she could be fired after being placed on disciplinary leave again for posting, "some organizations are true leaders in practicing equity and inclusion. and some prefer to post signs on their bulletin boards. evanston public library" on her facebook page.she made the social media entry may 24, the same day she returned from a previous suspension.williams tagged the library in her post, which meant it also showed up on the library's public facebook page. her post included a photo of new library fliers that read, "free & equal access






embattled evanston librarian returns from leave; could be fired over facebook po


a popular evanston librarian who returned from a 15-day disciplinary suspension last week now stands to lose her job after a termination hearing before library officials friday morning.lesley williams, the evanston public library's adult services librarian, said she could be fired after being placed on disciplinary leave again for posting, "some organizations are true leaders in practicing equity and inclusion. and some prefer to post signs on their bulletin boards. evanston public library" on her facebook page.she made the social media entry may 24, the same day she returned from a previous suspension.williams tagged the library in her post, which meant it also showed up on the library's public facebook page. her post included a photo of new library fliers that read, "free & equal access






washburn library to close for repairs


the washburn branch of the hennepin county library, in south minneapolis, will close saturday for two months to enable workers to repair its roof and upgrade lighting.during the closure, books put on hold at washburn can be picked up at the augsburg park library, 7100 nicollet av., richfield. if they prefer, patrons can select a different pick-up location by making a request online, calling 612-543-5669 or checking in at any hennepin county library.library materials may be returned to any county library.the washburn library, at 5244 lyndale av. s., was closed for six weeks in 2014 for interior improvements, including new furniture and shelving and a more open floor plan.the library is scheduled to reopen in early november.






washburn library to close for repairs


the washburn branch of the hennepin county library, in south minneapolis, will close saturday for two months to enable workers to repair its roof and upgrade lighting.during the closure, books put on hold at washburn can be picked up at the augsburg park library, 7100 nicollet av., richfield. if they prefer, patrons can select a different pick-up location by making a request online, calling 612-543-5669 or checking in at any hennepin county library.library materials may be returned to any county library.the washburn library, at 5244 lyndale av. s., was closed for six weeks in 2014 for interior improvements, including new furniture and shelving and a more open floor plan.the library is scheduled to reopen in early november.david chanen






washburn library to close for repairs


the washburn branch of the hennepin county library, in south minneapolis, will close saturday for two months to enable workers to repair its roof and upgrade lighting.during the closure, books put on hold at washburn can be picked up at the augsburg park library, 7100 nicollet av., richfield. if they prefer, patrons can select a different pickup location by making a request online, calling 612-543-5669 or checking in at any hennepin county library.library materials may be returned to any county library.the washburn library, at 5244 lyndale av. s., was closed for six weeks in 2014 for interior improvements, including new furniture and shelving and a more open floor plan.the library is scheduled to reopen in early november.david chanen






teen held in fatal shooting spree at new mexico library


police said the teen fired at patrons and employees at the clovis carter public library, killing two and wounding four, including a 10-year-old.        






doctors call victims of new mexico library shooting heroes


alexis molina took a bullet to the chest, just above her heart, and was shot once in each leg as a gunman opened fire inside public library in new mexico, but trauma surgeons at the texas hospital where she is recovering said thursday that all she could think about was making sure her little brother was safe.the doctors told reporters that molina, 20, is expected to make a full recovery, and they described her and fellow library patron howard jones as heroes.jones, who was at the library with his granddaughter, was shot in the arm. the bullet traveled from his forearm along his radial nerve before lodging in the back of his arm, the doctors said.dr. sharmila dissanaike, assistant medical director of the trauma center at lubbock's university medical center, said she was able to talk with bo






oakland city workers on strike again wednesday – the mercury news


oakland — a strike involving city workers stretched into a second day wednesday, with employees picketing outside city buildings again.striking workers were represented by seiu local 1021 and ifpte local 21, according to chris fink of seiu. union officials said the strike originally was expected take place only on tuesday, but said it would carry into a second day, because the two sides have not returned to the bargaining table.although 3,000 workers are on strike, there were small numbers on picket lines as of 7:30 a.m. larger numbers were expected later in the day, especially at city hall where council members are expected to address the strike in closed session.about a dozen picketers were outside city hall and another dozen outside the police administration building at seventh street a






memorial fund helps families in wake of library shooting


clovis, n.m. (ap) — officials say nearly $25,000 has been distributed from a memorial fund for victims of a shooting inside a public library in eastern new mexico.two workers were killed aug. 28 at the clovis library after a gunman opened fire. four others, including a 10-year-old boy, were seriously wounded.the teen charged in the case has pleaded not guilty, and both prosecutors and the public defender have said any legal resolution will be a long time coming given the amount of evidence involved.clovis city officials say hundreds of people have donated to the memorial fund. it has helped with everything from utility bills to holiday spending for the victims and their families.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.officials also are working to finalize plans for memor






public libraries offer tech tutors, drone clubs, art classes and more


in west oakland, kids and teens twist wire around crystal rocks to craft pendants and keychains. across town, broken-down bikes get repaired, folks are borrowing circular saws and seniors are getting free legal advice and help on their taxes.in san francisco, people are plucking ukuleles, earning high-school diplomas, browsing a museum-quality exhibit of watercolors. in mountain view, grownups on a lunch break are building lego rockets and pirate ships, stretching their limits in a free yoga class or watching a cooking demo from a professional chef. in santa clara, there’s a drone-flying club, a lecture series on death and dying, a weather station, 3-d printing classes, a talent show for kids, a virtual reality room …all for free, and all at the public library. the library! and some of the






sunnyvale librarian selected for national emerging leader program – the mercury


sunnyvale children’s librarian raina tuakoi has been nationally recognized as a 2018 “emerging leader” by the american library association.tuakoi has been with the sunnyvale public library for more than three years and said she became dedicated to the profession since spending a lot of time at the san mateo public library as a child.“working as a library page before college and during college made me realize that’s what i want to do. i really love being a librarian,” she said.the ala’s emerging leaders program allows newer library employees from across the country to participate in a development program where they can connect with other librarians to network and exchange ideas. tuakoi and the other 49 emerging leaders will attend an ala midwinter conference and the association’s annual con






cupertino library has new community librarian


cupertino’s new head librarian is embracing the role and the challenge of managing the city’s wildly popular library.clare varesio, who started in the job in january, previously worked as cupertino’s supervising librarian for children’s services.“i have come to love this library, our staff and our community,” she said. “our community deeply values lifelong learning, and we see this through strong library support and the use of our library and resources.”varesio said the library last year circulated 2,742,889 items, served 857,551 patrons and saw librarians answer 24,116 reference questions.“i am now working more closely with all of our library’s departments, and with our community as a whole,” she said. “i am happy to be in a position where i can continue to work on providing accurate, rel






st. paul's busy rondo library closing all summer for $500,000 renovation


st. paul’s busiest library is closing all summer for a makeover.the rondo library will shut down thursday and reopen this fall with a teen zone, study rooms and dedicated quiet area. the city is also expanding the homework help center, which serves more than 100 students a night during the school year — far more than it can comfortably handle.mayor chris coleman highlighted the $500,000 overhaul of the 10-year-old library in his speech about this year’s budget. the facility, at university avenue and dale street, is a “jewel” in the community but needs investment to keep up with users’ demands, coleman said.the library overhaul comes as some st. paul residents and mayoral candidates are saying the city is not spending enough on community spaces, like libraries and recreation centers.library