March 24, 2018

Texas: Houston Librarians Keep a Wary Eye for Counterfeit Bills

From the The Houston Chronicle: While on its mission to provide free information, the Houston Public Library has to swat at the occasional counterfeiter. At each of Houston’s 42 public library sites, equipment at the circulation desk includes a counterfeit detector pen. Widely available at office supply stores, the pen contains a solution that detects bills printed […]

Missouri: Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Neosho-Newton County Library Tax Hike

From The Joplin Globe: Voters in Newton County on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed property tax increase to pay for a nearly $7 million expansion to the Neosho-Newton County Library. The margin was 1,687 “no” votes to 940 “yes” votes. As she sat in the hallway of the Newton County Courthouse with several members of […]

Michigan: Royal Oak Library Cutting Hours, Upping Fines

From The Daily Tribune: Library hours will be reduced starting Monday and fines for overdue books will go up as the Board of Trustees uses every trick in the book to deal with a $300,000 budget shortfall. The Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, will be open four fewer hours a week […]

Public Libraries: “Citing Patrons’ Right to Read, Massachusetts Libraries Offer ‘Fifty’ Trilogy

From The Boston Globe: Unlike a smattering of libraries in other states, Massachusetts libraries seem to have no objection to stocking the much talked-about “Fifty Shades” trilogy, but enthusiasm for the novels among library staff is far from unanimous. [Clip] “People are excited because it’s a phenomenon right now,” said Carol Jankowski, director of the […]

Public Libraries: The Calgary Public Library is a “Thriving and Enterprising Social Network”

From an Op/Ed by Calgary Public Library CEO Gerry Meek Appearing in the Calgary Herald: When you turn 100 years old, it’s easy to look back at the world as it used to be. But for the Calgary Public Library, our 100th birthday is a chance to look forward to an exciting and vibrant future. […]

New Jersey: “Libraries Manage to Avoid Deep Cuts Despite Economy”

From While tough economic times have forced towns to make tough decisions about what services to provide, but when it comes to the local library the ax thus far is stayed. The Norwood Public Library is one such institution set to see improvements. In April, the Norwood mayor and council approved expansion plans that […]

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift

From WXIX (Fox Cincinnati): The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Foundation received a $1 million gift celebrating the life of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe that was announced on May 24th at the Foundation’s annual donor recognition. The gift, received from the Estate of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will […]

Connecticut: Milford Public Library Will Be Able to Keep Overdue Fines, Begins eBook Program

From the Connecticut Post: Each year, the Milford Public Library collects about $27,500 in fees and fines, $4,000 from the photocopy machines and more than $500 from the sales of used books and other fees. Up until now, that money, about $32,000 in all, was funneled back into the city’s general fund. But, beginning a few […]

Library History: The Public Library Systems of Great Britain, America and South Africa (Full Text Book)

Full Text Book The Public Library Systems of Great Britain, America and South Africa By Bertram L[aslett] Dyer Published: 1903 Book is available online via HathiTrust/U. of Michigan HathiTrust Entry Direct to Full Text

Oklahoma: Tulsa Central Library Expected to Get About $38 Million in Upgrades

From KJRH: The Tulsa Central Library is about 50 years old. Officials say when it was built, it was state of the art, but now it needs some serious improvements. They are proposing about $38 million in upgrades. [Clip] “We’re really looking at what the needs of the 21st Century customer and really incorporating that […]