May 15, 2021

Public Library News Roundup

Alaska

Text and Audio Reports: Big Turnout for Drag Story Hour at Douglas County Public Library (via KTOO Public Media)

Arizona

Arizona State Library Awards $800,000 in Grants Statewide

California

San Francisco Public Library Adds More Days, More Hours at Branch Libraries

Transient Stabs Boy, 13, Outside Millbrae Library: Apparently Random Attack Sparks ‘Panic’ Amongst Group of Juveniles (via The Daily Journal) |||Man Accused of Randomly Stabbing Boy in Millbrae Identified (via KRON)

Connecticut

Connecticut State Library Restructuring ILL Service Used by Public Libraries (via The News-Times)

Georgia

New DeKalb Library Scuttled Amid Land Dispute (via AJC.com)

Illinois

Chicago Housing Authority Gives Go Ahead For Co-Located Public Library / Mixed-Income Housing Facilities (via Curbed Chicago)

Embattled Evanston Librarian Resigns Following Diversity Controversy (via Chicago Tribune)

Rockford Public Library Launches ‘Do-Over’ Library Card Program For Ages 5-18 (via Rockford Register-Star)

Massachusetts

Boston Public Library Announces Playwright in Residence Program (via BPL)

Cape Couple Won a Dream Wedding at the Boston Public Library (via Boston Globe)

Michigan

Couple Gives $750K to Build Library Near Traverse City (via Detroit News/Traverse City Record-Eagle)

Minnesota

Minneapolis’ ‘Library Block’ Has a Fascinating History of Loss and Renewal (via Star-Tribune)

New Jersey

Lawmakers Want N.J. to Borrow $125M So You Can Keep Borrowing Books at the Library (via NJ.com)

New Jersey Voters Could Be Asked to Approve $125 Million in Public Library Construction Bonds (via Newsworks.org)

Ohio

Argument in Downtown Columbus Metropolitan Library Led to Shooting, Police Say (via The Columbus Dispatch) ||| Columbus Library To Open Late After Sunday Shooting (via WOSU)

Ontario

Funding Approval For New Ottawa Central Library Delayed (via CBC)
New space will be shared with Library and Archives Canada. 

Toronto Public Library Adds 100 New Vinyl Records to their Collection (via indie88)
Hat Tip: @iasa-web

Pennsylvania

The Opioid Epidemic is So Bad That Librarians are Learning How to Treat Overdoses (via CNN)

Tennessee

Nashville Public Library Eliminating All Overdue Fines as of July 5th
FYI: The NPL is the Library Journal 2017 Library of the Year

Texas

New City of Dallas Budget Has Money Earmarked to Build Two Public Libraries (via NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Receives $1 Million Dollar Appropriation to Bring High Speed Internet to Rural Communities Through Public Libraries (via TSLAC)

Vermont

Canadian Man Smuggled Guns via US-Canada Border Library [Haskell Free Library]: Prosecutors

Library Celebrating Centennial Fights to Stay Open (via AP) ||| Original Version (via Valley News)

Passport to Vermont Libraries Program Encourages Library Visitors (via VT Digger)

Washington

Before Bathroom Incident, Library Security was Already in Hot Water (via Crosscut)

Transgender Man Files Complaint Against Seattle Public Library Over Private Restroom ||| City of Seattle All-Gender Restroom Info

Wyoming

Proposed Closing: Citizens Fear Losing Mountain View Library (via Uinta County Herald)

Mountain View County Library Closing Down (via Bridger Valley Pioneer)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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