Library books returned after 51years with $1k money order to cover up the dues
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Camelback High School librarian Georgette Bordine said that she received a package containing the two overdue books checked out 51 years ago along with a letter, and a 1,000-dollar money order to cover up the fines. "It was just so overwhelming," the New York Daily News quoted Bordine as saying.

Bordine said that letter elucidated that the family of the former student, who wanted to remain anonymous, moved to another state and the books were mistakenly packed, Bordine said.

The letter said that the money order was to cover fines of 2 cents per day for each book. That would be about 745 dollars. The letter also says the extra amount was added in case the rates had changed.

How many could be as honest as this student?

Neill Public Library starts charity food drive
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The Neill Public Library is hosting Food for Fines this week to put together nonperishable food items for local families in need.

As the name suggests, the library will decline late fees on overdue books for people who donate food items during before Sunday.

The library services manager for the Neill Public Library, Joanna Bailey said that WSU has conducted similar events in the past, but the need this year is at an all-time high.

“We are pleased to offer our community an opportunity to respond,” she said. “Charitable organizations like Pullman Child Welfare, Community Action Center and United Way are critical in serving the needs of the community.” This year’s Food for Fines donations will go to Pullman Child Welfare to provide for families in the community during the winter season.

Debbie Thompsen, board member and volunteer for Pullman Child Welfare, said the association provides families with Thanksgiving meals, Christmas treats and gifts every year, along with giving children winter coats and snow boots.

“Please consider donating this year,” she said. “It will make a tremendous difference in people’s lives and be an investment in your community that you won’t regret.”

A Mini Mobile Library
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A mobile Library

This is all that is needed by a person who considers books as his world :).Isn’t it?

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Poor economy good for library
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Denise Zenko of Green Bay visits the Brown County Central Library in Green Bay about twice a week, whether it's to read the newspaper, set aside one of the best-selling books or rent a video for her daughter.
She is part of the reason library visitation in the region is up almost 8 percent this year after seeing a similar increase in 2008.
"It's the economy," said Library Director Lynn Stainbrook. "We're on the front lines. The library has made a great deal to help out people find jobs and get back on their feet."
But the same economy that continues to boost visitors at the downtown library and its eight branches also is responsible for tight financial plan by county officials that Stainbrook says comes at the wrong time.
The 2009 county budget offered $119,727 for book and journal purchases at the Central Library, but Brown County Executive Tom Hinz's proposed 2010 budget allots just $72,227.
"For the county to cut our budget, it's sort of a backwards move," Stainbrook said. "We should be given more, not less. We're really about reading, and people want new books."

The Main Areas of Challenge for Libraries in an Online Age
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A number of communal trends have the potential to severely affect libraries, mainly because this moves into the online information delivery environment. This trend has lead an entry to the movement from flat-fee to pay-per-use models, the best-seller phenomenon, the consolidation of electronic information distributors, erosion of privacy, and issues of access and cultural diversity.

Flat fee vs. pay-per-use: The adoption to pay-per-use models is likely to severely affect user’s habits, particularly as this starts to penetrate Web-based delivery systems. Pay-per-use models that tend to discourage exploration and promote a viewer/reader to inspect items that others have already believed to be popular (favoring best-sellers over more esoteric works).

Best-seller phenomenon: Economies-of-scale formulate mass-distributed information cheap and available, and can lead to a situation where smaller-audience information is more costly and harder to find. Over time this may well lead a support to the electronic delivery of entertainment over delivery of information.

Privacy:
As people have started to pay for the information that they receive electronically, what kind of privacy issues does this raise? Will reading and buying habits be traced and sold as demographic data? Can libraries continue to take their strong customary privacy stand when providing pay-per-view information?

Access:
Who will guarantee access in an era when somebody must pay for each byte of information that is accessed? Can libraries continue to provide free (or flat-fee) access to all their members in a pay-per-view era?

What Are Your Plans For This Halloween?
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Several libraries have started planning Halloween programs for kids. And Lafayette Public Library is starting its programs for children of all ages on Thursday. I have decided to go and have a look at it. Are you willing to accompany me?

Hey if you’re coming with you kid in order to participate in different programs better register before coming.

And that is happily all..

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
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I can read in red. I can read in blue.
I can read in pickle color too.
I can read in bed, and in purple. and in brown.
I can read in a circle and upside down!
I can read with my left eye. I can read with my right.
I can read Mississippi with my eyes shut tight!

There are so many things you can learn about.
But…you'll miss the best things
If you keep your eyes shut.
The more that you read, the more things you will know
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

If you read with your eyes shut you're likely to find
That the place where you're going is far, far behind
SO…that's why I tell you to keep your eyes wide.
Keep them wide open…at least on one side.

A poem that I found interesting....
Hope you too liked it ...


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A library that comes to your doorstep?
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Isn’t it sounding strange? In India an organization has decided to take library to the doorsteps of senior citizens and disabled, who are fond of reading but cannot make it to the libraries, has generated encouraging response.

It seems that the librarian receives nearly four to five calls every day from senior citizens and disabled for delivery of books and magazines they wanted to read. Most of the calls come from those residing in sectors which were located at a distance from the library.

Day by day the libraries are vanishing as more of online books and resources are available. In such a world it’s nice to hear that somewhere there are people who still love libraries and at the same time there are people or organizations to encourage and help such people.

"I've got a pocket full of holes."
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I wonder if those of us who've declined to spend any time in the genetic crapshoot are culpable, by virtue of withholding our superior genes, for any unpleasantness that happens down the road?

*1/2 jk*

Actually, the one thing that surprises me here is the notion that people are going to become even more finicky about picking partners. I didn't think we could get any choosier than we already are. Rly.

*nose wrinkle ponder*

Le mot quotidien = patina.

In the brave new world of technology, a good enough set of reasons to avoid the shiny, for the moment. I try to stay at least two steps behind technological advances of any kind. That way, by the time I'm ready to use the new geegaws, they'll actually be the old geegaws with the bugs ironed out, and the techomages will have gone on to create shinier whizbangs with brand-new pitfalls to avoid. It's a commonly-held notion, and the basis of many jokes, that the inventor-type folks don't understand end-users' real-world problems. I'm inclined to agree in this instance, if only because, dude, it's a bank card that you wave around. Common sense tells me no good can come of that.

*headdesk*

Oh well. I suppose it takes a lot of experimentation, and some goofups, to keep moving forward. Which is what I should probably do, right about now. It's supposed to snow in Metropolis, an event to which I am looking forward with keen delight. Probably because I will never, ever have to drive in it.

*g*

That is rly all.

Inference of Library Focus on Remote Resources
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I read an article the other day with this title and it was interesting .So felt like discussing it with you all .It was all about the revolution in the world of libraries that has been taking place. Libraries are becoming less significant for the resources they collect or house, and more important for the kind of material they can get in response to user requests.

Along with the transformation in libraries as institutions have come changes in the roles of librarians. With the explosion of networked digital information, the librarian's role is shifting from caretaker of a physical collection to someone who identifies resources in collections housed elsewhere.

This is presently evident in major research libraries where librarians spend much of their time creating (World Wide Web-based) electronic pointers to resources on the Internet. Efforts like this can great chance of increasing the foreseeable future. These trends involve less in-person mediation by library staff (as patrons access information directly), but more of a behind-the-scenes mediator role in selection and creating annotated/evaluative guides to external resources. This also means a greater role for library staff as instructors, trouble-shooters, and guides.

That is energetically all.

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