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Commander in Trouble: Bush Adminstration Mug Shots at the NY Public Library January 10, 2008

The exhibit is titled Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfolio at the New York Public Library and calls for artists “to tell a story, to take a stand on political and social concerns, to consider formal issues, and to explore the creative process.” That is exactly what artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, accomplish in their portfolio “Line Up” which features images of members of Bush’s cabinet portrayed in mug shots. The work is more…

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Reader To Reader: A True Library Helper January 8, 2008

“Books have a singular power to inspire and change people’s lives” and the organization Reader to Reader exists to provide those books to the people who need them most. Here is an alarming stat: 60% of underprivileged children do not own a single book. Consequently, Reader to Reader believes that “a well-stocked school library [is] a critical resource hub that is a necessity not a luxury,” and by devising an efficient collection and distribution method…

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Good News From China: Book Production Costs Rise December 20, 2007

Rising paper price ups books prices in China for now and perhaps later the world is the title of Henry Sanderson piece for the Associated Press. He reports that the government “crackdown on small, polluting paper mills have caused a paper crunch in China, pushing up the price of paper by 10 percent this year and forcing printers to delay books and publishers to raise prices.” “Paper mills, most of them small, inefficient operations, accounted…

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Library Thief Uses Her Kids as Cover

Akron, Ohio police have arrested Tammie Ware on felony charges after finding more than 1000 items from the Akron-Summit County Public Library in her house. Her MO:Once the fines for overdue material on one library card got too high she would bring her kids in again and sign them up for a new library card using fake names. I am not sure how many kids Ware actually has but according to library records “she had…

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