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Neil Gaiman & Molly Oldfield to Headline a ‘Christmas Carol’-Themed Event

Neil GaimanThe New York Public Library (NYPL) has organized an event called “Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield.” The event will take place on Saturday, December 15th inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

The American Gods novelist (pictured) will perform a reading of the classic story starring Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. According to the announcement, “Gaiman will read the classic tale as the great author intended, following edits and prompts Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique readings 150 years ago.”

Oldfield, a researcher, will discuss interesting items housed in museums and libraries throughout the world. She will pay special focus to pieces owned by Dickens within the NYPL collection. Follow this link to RSVP for free tickets.

Library Sex Scandal in New Mexico

estancialibraryA New Mexico librarian is fighting the city after she lost her job after she allegedly walked in on the head librarian having sex with a maintenance worker, in the children’s section of the branch.

The former Estancia Library employee Jamie Kurz was officially dismissed because she went on leave and did not return the key. However, Kurz claims that she was fired after she reported the indiscretion to her superior.

United Press International interviewed Joseph CampBell, Kurz’s attorney about the case:

The workers told Kurz to be quiet, but she reported the incident to the city library director and Estancia Mayor Sylvia Chavez, CampBell said.

“The mayor subsequently talked to Jamie about it, told her that it wouldn’t have any effect on her job,” CampBell said.

CampBell revealed plans to file a claim against the city which could be followed up by a “whistleblower” lawsuit. (Via The School Library Journal).

OverDrive Media Stations Are Now Widely Available to Libraries

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 3.03.17 PMGood news for library patrons that want to check out eBooks and audiobooks. Digital book distributor OverDrive revealed today that its  OverDrive Media Stations are now widely available.

The terminals, which allow library patrons to access and check out eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos, were first introduced as part of a pilot program earlier this year with 50 public library systems in five countries testing them out. Now any library that has a partnership with OverDrive can host one of these in-library kiosks.

Patrons can use the kiosks to check out books from their local libraries and send copies to the app on their chosen device. Here is more from the site about how it works from OverDrive’s site: “Patrons can send any title from OverDrive Media Station to their favorite device for checkout using a QR code, email, or SMS.”

New York Public Library to Open a Multimedia Exhibit on The Beatles

184492_10151292195904539_1348775552_nThe New York Public Library and the GRAMMY Museum have partnered up to create “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!”

The two collaborators organized this multimedia exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the United States. It will open on February 06, 2014 and run until May 10, 2014. Visitors will find it inside the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery.

Here’s more from the press release: “The exhibition – a traveling show that will debut at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center – will focus on the early years of The Beatles in the U.S., and the tremendous impact that the Fab Four had on American society. On display will be original Beatles materials including memorabilia, records, photographs, tour artifacts, videos, and more.”

Texas Man Arrested Over Overdue Library Book

copperascoveA Texas man was arrested this week for not returning a library book that he had checked more than three years ago and did  not return, according to reports.

Here is more from KWTX.com: “On Wednesday Jory Enck was booked into jail and released for overdue library materials. Court documents show he checked out a GED study guide in 2010 and didn’t respond to attempts from the library to get the book back. City of Copperas Cove Municipal Judge Bill Price said the patrons are usually released on a $200 bond after the arrest. Library policies show the patron must have the overdue book checked out for a minimum of 90 days and not respond to phone calls or emails from the library about the book before the municipal court is notified.”

According to the judge, while it may seem harsh, the law gives librarians more power to enforce overdue book penalties. Do you think that this law is too extreme? (Via Fox News).

Tough Report on Job Placement & Salary Information for Librarians

library304The Library Journal has released a report about placements and salaries for library and information science graduates in 2013.

The report highlights two major problems facing librarians around the country: it is difficult to find a job and the salaries can barely pay for the cost of a librarian’s education.

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2013 Library Lions Unveiled

nyplThe New York Public Library has revealed the 2013 Library Lions.

The five honorees include New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, MacArthur Genius Junot Diaz, and noted essayist Marilynn Robinson. Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. The Library Lions Gala for this year’s honorees will be held on November 4, 2013.

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Al Hirschfeld Exhibit at New York Public Library

alThe New York Public Library is hosting a multimedia exhibition honoring illustrator Al Hirschfeld.

The Line King’s Library” art show opened on October 17, 2013 and will run until January 4, 2014.

Visitors will find this exhibit at the Donald & Mary Oenslager Gallery inside the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts building. The New York Times reports that archivist David Leopold curated the exhibit.

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Library of Congress Website & Buildings Closed

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The Library of Congress has closed today, both the website and buildings shuttered by a government shutdown.

Here is the stark post on the library’s website this morning:

Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible, except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.

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Library of Congress Would Close Website During Government Shutdown

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The Library of Congress could shutter its website and close its buildings next week.

As a budget showdown in Congress nears, federal government agencies are preparing for a possible shutdown next week. Check it out:

In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Tuesday, October 1, all Library of Congress buildings will close to the public and researchers. All public events will be cancelled and web sites will be inaccessible.

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