At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up
Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a comment!
I got a note from a librarian at the Clearwater (FL) Public Library System. They are kicking off their Summer Reading Program next Tuesday at the Main Library with Nick Schuyler. Ring a bell? He was the lone survivor of a boating accident that claimed the lives of NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith. Get all the info you need here (opens PDF) for what promises to be an emotional reading.
Heresy! Or, why public libraries might need a swift kick in the pants right now. I'm inclined to say that we are hard workers and needed in our community, but OK, there might be some dead weight out there. What do you think?
Only in Vegas, or more specifically, the Las Vegas/Clark County Public Library, would you have an event called "An Evening with Beth Raymer: Boxing, Professional Sports Gambling and a Hot New Memoir."
I knew they did some crazy stuff in Colorado, but the Anythink library system in Adams County is new to me! Not your everyday public library, Anythink is presenting a great summer series. Sounds pretty awesome: "Through hands-on programming, creative outlets and sparks of imagination, you can make this summer anything you want it to be."
How might the oil spill impact your health, and the health of your community? A reader in Mobile, AL, tipped me off to a great forum the Mobile Public Library is having this Saturday called "Community Conversations on Public Health and Chemical Exposure."
The Richmond Public Library is currently pushing The Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award: Vote for your favorite in fiction and non-fiction (if you're a Virginia resident, n'est-ce pas!) and let your voice be heard.
Leaving aside the whole "should we spend money on public libraries" question, what about censorship? Specifically, do libraries have the right to filter the internet on their computers? I'd bet those most public libraries do filter their computers (mine does, and even blocks MySpace), but should they? Add to the discussion.
And speaking of censorship, there are some books that just shouldn't be allowed. I don't mean sex manuals or The Anarchist's Cookbook. I'm talking about John Gotti, Jr.'s upcoming children's book. That's right: John Gotti. His cellmate did the illustrations. Weep now for the future of literature.
But some children's books should get wider exposure! I'm not always an advocate for movie adaptations, but, as an eternal optimist, I hope for the best. Let's see what they do with the 2009 Newbery Medal winner, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
I'll leave you with an amazing video. Check out the iSchool at the University of Washington's Gaga-inspired research song. That's right, Librarians Do Gaga. (Via Boing Boing.)
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Thanks for all your comments and emails. Email me and let me know what your hometown is, and I'll try to feature your library in an upcoming column. I know there are some states that I haven't hit yet!
See previous installments of At the Libraries here.