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You Can Go To Jail For An Overdue Library Book

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it is not to mess with librarians or library materials. We’ve learned some other things too, of course, but for today’s lesson in library lateness, just go with it. Moving on! [More]

Reader Returns Overdue Library Book After 41 Years, Pays $299 Fine

Reader Returns Overdue Library Book After 41 Years, Pays $299 Fine

Some people need a little more time than others to read a book, like the person who had been holding on to an overdue library book for 41 years but recently decided to turn it in, along with hundreds of dollars in fines. [More]

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Sony Doesn’t Want Kids Encouraging Reading If It Means Using A Michael Jackson Song

What could possibly be bad about teenagers trying to convince others to get into reading? Well, everything, if you’re Sony-ATV and the kids are parodying Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and turning it into “Read It.” The company, along with Jackson’s estate, have blocked a group of teens at a Pennsylvania library from posting their video on YouTube. [More]

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Not Done With That ‘Oregon Trail’ CD-ROM? Phoenix Library Could Use The $4.3M In Late Fees

Are you really ever going to fire up your old VHS and watch those videos you borrowed from the Phoenix Library? No? Then would you possibly mind forking over the cash to cover the late fee? See, the library system has totted up the costs related to overdue materials like books, CDs, videos and yes, cassettes and says its borrowers owe it about $4.3 million in fees. Plenty of that stuff won’t be able to be replaced, that’s how long it’s been since they were originally checked out. [More]

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Finding A Gun In A Donated Library Book Is Okay When It’s A Cool Antique One

Discovering a gun somewhere you don’t expect to see one? Scary. Finding a historic-looking old-timey cool gun hidden inside a hollowed out book? Awesome. A library employee at a branch in Valparaiso, Ind. made the discovery last week after opening up the book, which had been donated to the library’s collection. [More]

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Whew: Study Reveals The Internet Generation Still Knows What A Book Is

Us old folk who didn’t have our childhood catalogued in daily detail on social networks like to grumble about “kids these days!” Which is just a cranky way of saying the Facebook generation is spoiled by technology and probably wouldn’t even know what a book is if it’s not based off a hilarious parody Twitter account. But actually, kids these days not only know what real books are still, they’re reading them more than adults. [More]

San Francisco Library Providing Helpful Privacy Screens For Online Porn-Viewing Comfort

San Francisco Library Providing Helpful Privacy Screens For Online Porn-Viewing Comfort

Just because a person is viewing online porn at a public library doesn’t necessarily mean they want everyone to know that — and plenty of fellow patrons might not want to accidentally catch an eyeful, either. San Francisco’s main library is taking all that into consideration with its new privacy screens on its free computers. [More]

Should Libraries Let People Look At Porn In The Open?

Should Libraries Let People Look At Porn In The Open?

There is much discussion in the Seattle area today after a mom claims that while on a visit to her local library with her two young daughters, she spied a man viewing hardcore porn on a computer with a screen that was facing out to the rest of the library. And when she complained about it to the staff, she says her concerns were shrugged off. [More]

Should Companies Advertise To Kids At The Library?

Should Companies Advertise To Kids At The Library?

Who doesn’t like stuffed animals? Free stuffed animals, even! E. isn’t happy, though. At storytime at her local public library, people representing Wells Fargo brought stuffed ponies with the Wells Fargo logo to distribute to the children, and donated a large pony to decorate the children’s section. [More]

Penguin Will March New Ebooks Out Of Library Lending Program

Penguin Will March New Ebooks Out Of Library Lending Program

Readers used to loading up on free ebooks they download through their libraries will have fewer options available. Penguin announced it will keep its new ebooks off of the OverDrive lending program due to security concerns. [More]

Wisconsin Library Loans Out iPads

Wisconsin Library Loans Out iPads

Any libraries concerned that the ebook phenomenon will render them obsolete could stand to take a cue from a Wisconsin library that has started lending iPads to members. The devices come pre-loaded with at least 1,000 classic books and are available for weeklong loans and four-hour in-library use. [More]

Woman Accused Of Stealing 2,000 Library Books

Woman Accused Of Stealing 2,000 Library Books

Police say a Los Angeles-area woman stole 2,000 library books, as well as a number of DVDs, and was suspected of planning to sell off the collection. Library staff notified authorities after they noticed massive numbers of books had gone missing between March and July, and that a customer was acting suspiciously. [More]

Library Grants Thousands Of Kids Fine Amnesty To Get Them Reading Again

Library Grants Thousands Of Kids Fine Amnesty To Get Them Reading Again

It might not be a big deal in the scheme of granting pardons, but for more than 140,000 kids with overdue fees of $15 or more in New York public libraries, amnesty means they’ll get to take books out again — if they participate in the library’s summer reading program. [More]

Free Stuff You Can Find At The Library

Free Stuff You Can Find At The Library

When you think of libraries, you think of book shelves. Well, book shelves and creepy dudes on computer terminals. But there is also a whole bunch of publicly-funded free stuff you can use and borrow if you know what to look for. [More]

Library E-Books Finally Come To The Kindle

Library E-Books Finally Come To The Kindle

Kindle users, fire up your brains for even more delicious books. Amazon announced earlier today that the OverDrive ebook library lending system is coming to the Kindle platform. The technology is already available on competing book replacement devices, the Nook and Kobo. Kindle Library Lending will give Kindle users access through the 11,000 public and school/college libraries that are already part of OverDrive. [More]

Libraries Launch Collection Of 80,000 Free E-Books

Libraries Launch Collection Of 80,000 Free E-Books

A group of libraries has gathered its resources to launch an e-book lending collection, filled with 80,000 entries, most of which are from the 20th century. [More]

Elderly Woman Jailed For Throwing Condiments In Library Book Drop

Elderly Woman Jailed For Throwing Condiments In Library Book Drop

There are a number of ways to let an establishment know that you are unhappy with the service that it provides. Do not, however, follow the example of a 75-year-old Idaho woman who deposited ketchup, mayonnaise, maple syrup, and other sticky condiments in her local library’s book drop, destroying books and evading capture. She recently plead guilty to the crime, and will serve one month in jail. [More]

College Libraries Save Money By Ignoring Netflix Terms Of Use

College Libraries Save Money By Ignoring Netflix Terms Of Use

Plenty of Americans have cut their household entertainment budgets by subscribing to Netflix instead of seeing movies in theaters or purchasing DVDs. Now, some college libraries are doing the same thing, sort of. They’re using rented DVDs or streaming video instead of purchasing the movies that professors assign. Is this a violation of Netflix’s terms of use? Yes. But the librarians don’t particularly care, and Netflix doesn’t seem to, either. Yet. As a Netflix spokesman said, “We just don’t want to be pursuing libraries.” [More]