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    In the weeks leading up to the vote, concern was expressed over the content on display and in circulation at Patmos Library. In one instance, some parents reportedly took issue with the inclusion of Maia Kobabe's "Gender Queer: A Memoir" in the library's collection. Kobabe's comic book contains illustrations of sex acts, including one encounter involving a sex toy, and has been touted as "a tool" to help others understand pronoun use and the meaning of "nonbinary." When asked to remove the book from circulation, the library board instead set it behind the counter. The board kept 59 other books with LGBT themes — including "Spinning" and "Kiss Number 8" — on the shelves (some in the young adult section) despite similar backlash. \u201c"Vote NO on Library"\u201d — Jason Scott (@Jason Scott) 1659583566 Kelly Jensen, writing for Book Riot, blamed "conservative propaganda" for painting Patmos Library "as an institution with groomers." She highlighted the efforts of a small group named the Jamestown Conservatives, which has a private Facebook page with 146 members, created on May 24. Jensen assigned them...
    Let me explain something about my carpentry skills: As a young kid, I was required in eighth grade to go through “Shop” class, where we worked with power tools and learned everything there was to know about being a good “young man.” Girls took Home Economics and boys, Shop. We were not given a choice in the matter. My goodness do I wish I could have swapped, because I had no ability, at all, to work a power tool. This manifested to the extent that in the end, I managed to pass the course with good grades because I helped my teacher figure out how to hook up a VHS cart and was willing go fetch drinks and whatever was needed. Outside of that, the only accomplishment I had was creating a salt and pepper shaker set that somehow managed to leak salt from the bottom.  As an adult, though, thanks to a lot more time and effort, I’ve learned more about how to do it myself when it comes to tools. Still, don’t count on me for work unless it comes...
    The right-wing censorship push is moving from school libraries to regular town libraries, with one library in Texas closing for three days to do a “thorough review” of its children’s books. Other Texas libraries have had to fend off record numbers of challenges to books, The Texas Tribune reports. “I think we owe it to all parents, regardless if it’s a school library or a public library, to make sure that material is not inappropriate for children,” Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham said. The temporary closure of the Llano County library will be followed by the creation of an advisory board to help set policy on complaints about books. Such a board could cushion against political pressure on librarians, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what Llano County officials have in mind. A library advisory board in Victoria, Texas, did support the professional judgment of librarians. The complaints about 40 books were the most Dayna Williams-Capone, the director of library services there, has seen in 13 years. When she did not respond by taking the books off the shelves, residents elevated about half the complaints to the advisory board,...
    (CNN)The increasingly heated debate over the presence of certain books in school libraries was aired at an Illinois school board meeting this week.After two objections were made to the presence of "Gender Queer" in the library in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, residents and students showed up Monday night to voice their opinions on the book by Maia Kobabe.Some attendees held up signs saying "No Porn" and posters showing graphic illustrations from the coming-of-age memoir about gender and sexuality, while several students and parents spoke in defense of the book, saying it should be available in the library -- and that nobody was forced to read it.Texas governor is asking agencies for new standards to shield children from obscene content in schools"Gender Queer" has become a recent target of some politicians and community members. Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott called on the state's school boards to remove books he described as "pornography" after at least two state lawmakers asked officials to investigate books in schools -- including "Gender Queer."Downers Grove student Josiah Poynter, an 18-year-old senior, said...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Central Library and 37 other branches in the city will be opening Monday for limited in-person services. Since July, materials have been checked out curbside, but now the library is launching phase-two of its reopening plan, which includes services like quick browsing, computer access, mobile printing order, as well as still having access to the contact-free, library-to-go services.  
    Sony Playstation 5 : You can consult the list of Spanish video games missing from the BNE, in case you want to contribute to their cause. The video game are an indisputable part of world culture, and Spain it was not going to be less. The National Library of our country is looking for new titles to expand its catalog of Spanish video games, and on this occasion announces that It has the help of associations and individuals. For example, the AEVI (Spanish Association of Videogames) the AUIC (Association of Users of Classical Computing) or the DEV Have signed an agreement with the National Library to donate Spanish video games and contribute to this cultural cause, as part of the Law of Legal Deposit. The first measure initiated by the BNE is to verify the total number of video games developed by Spanish studios, on the mission to collect the maximum number of titles on their shelves. Most of the missing games belong to retro systems like Commodore 64, Amstrad, or older PC titles. Thanks to...
    After short-form streaming site Quibi died, there were questions about what would happen to its shows — some of which is quite good. Now, it’s possible that its content catalog may be sold to streaming app and hardware manufacturer Roku, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Roku is well known for its popular devices that can stream services like Netflix or your own content libraries. However, it doesn’t produce or own any content and recently said it has no plans to do so. To that end, the acquisition of Quibi would give it a slate of original programming it could offer buyers as a potential benefit to owning its hardware.
    Rush Limbaugh on Monday issued a passionate plea to Americans to re-elect President Donald Trump on Nov. 3. The longtime conservative commentator announced last week that his Stage 4 lung cancer is terminal. What are the details?In a video filmed in the 69-year-old's home library, Limbaugh reaffirmed his support for Trump just moments before Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation. “Hey, folks, sitting here in the library getting ready to watch the confirmation vote — Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court — and it just reminds me: Folks, we don't have a choice in this election," Limbaugh began. “It's got to be Donald Trump." Limbaugh pointed out that the 2020 presidential election is especially important because the Democratic Party simply isn't what it used to be. “We're not going to have the kind of country everybody thinks we're going to have," he predicted. "This is not the old 'Republicans versus Democrats,' where we all have the same objectives, just different philosophies on how to get there. They do not have those objectives any more. Their purpose is to erase the Constitution,...
    For music artists, Spotify says any streams accrued through this show format will be compensated just like normal. They’ll count the same as if a listener had searched for an artist or come across their music on a music-only playlist. And to be clear, there’s no editing going on here by creators. Using this tool, if a podcaster adds a song to a show, it shows up as a full track. There’s no 10- or 15-second clips that highlight a specific line or guitar riff. There aren’t many editing tools available in Anchor anyway. To kick off the podcast-as-playlist format, Spotify is debuting seven original shows that use it. As you might expect, they’re all music focused. For example, Murder Ballads examines the history and stories behind mysterious and violent tunes, Our Love Song has couples tell their romance stories and 10 Songs That Made Me features an artist or celebrity who complied a collection of tracks that have deep personal meaning. These shows will be exclusive to Spotify since they use the service’s music library for the bulk of...
    I’ve been library hopping this whole week long, exploring the rich offerings of the Los Angeles Public Library system. I’ve been to free classes and events hosted by the Central Library and quite a few of the 72 branches spread out across the breadth of our city. Through the library, I’ve joined in a book club, a writing class and a career day. I’ve seen children read aloud to a dog. I’ve learned from a master gardener how to turn the pages my columns are printed on into pots for seedlings. I’ve heard people grapple with systemic racism in a learning circle focused on the New York Times’ “1619 Project.” I’ve watched volunteers helping people learn English explicate idioms: “dog-tired,” “cloud nine,” “kick my butt.” I’ve paid my visits while all the library system’s buildings have remained COVID-closed to the public — a physical absence that has hit people hard. But I’ve discovered through my tour that as many (real) doors have closed, other (virtual) ones have opened, greatly extending the library’s reach. I hope they’ll stay open even after...
    (CNN)The University of Oregon is covering the controversial murals that have decorated the halls of its largest library after years of protest over the murals' racist language and portrayal of Indigenous people.The university made the announcement Wednesday, saying the move was in part an acknowledgment of the larger conversations occurring about racism in the US."In a move to acknowledge conversations about anti-racism taking place around the world amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the University of Oregon has ordered four murals in the Knight Library that contain racist, exclusionary language and imagery to be covered," a statement from the school reads.These four murals date to the Knight Library's construction back in 1937. Because the murals are affixed to the walls, the university said they cannot be removed without risking damage to the building -- hence why they are being covered up instead."This is something that is long overdue," said Patrick Phillips, the university's provost and senior vice president, in a statement. "This is a historic time in our country, and we need to listen to members of our community who...
    A Nevada sheriff threatened not to respond to emergency calls at a public library because of its support for Black Lives Matter, the Independent reported on Wednesday. The threat was made after the library released a proposed diversity statement in which it “denounces all acts of violence, racism, and disregard for human rights” and supports Black Lives Matter, adding that “We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality, and injustice don’t belong in our society.” In response, the sheriff, Daniel Coverley, wrote on  the sheriff’s office website that “Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help. I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behaviour.” However, county spokeswoman Melissa Blosser told The Reno Journal Gazette that police will continue to respond to calls for help from the library. Library Director Amy Dodson told the Gazette that the diversity statement was not intended to be against the police, only that .”we are...
    BACK OF THE YARDS — For years, parents like Consuelo Martinez have lobbied for Back of the Yards to have its own standalone library, securing more than 1,000 signatures in support of their effort. Since Back of the Yards College Prep Academy opened in 2013, students and neighbors have shared a dual-use library on the school’s campus at 2111 W. 47th St. But after a bombshell Tribune report on CPS’ handling of sexual assault allegations in 2018, tighter security on campus made it more difficult for neighbors and students to access it. Now, after years of lobbying public officials, parents’ plan to bring a public library to Back of the Yards is one step closer to reality. In late May, State Rep. Theresa Mah secured $15 million in state funding for capital projects to help fund a new standalone public library in Back of the Yards. Students deserve an exclusive library with resources dedicated for school use, while Back of the Yards neighbors deserves their own library like other neighborhoods across the city enjoy, Martinez said. “We shouldn’t...
    New York — This is a wrong practice in an attempt to disinfect books by library users Each book contains a metal tag that burns when inserted into the ovens. Photo:Andreas Gebert / . A Michigan state library is urging its users to stop microwaving books as a method of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The Kent District Library, which serves Grand Rapids, Michigan, it has a large number of books that were damaged when they were introduced to the ovens so he put his request on social networks. Related: Lysol and Dettol warn: â € œUnder no circumstances should you inject or drink our cleaning productsâ €. Each book in the Kent District Library contains a metallic radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that burns when inserted into the microwave. The books that were subjected to this process on their pages left traces that they were burned and could cause a fire. Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz, regional manager of the Kent District Library, wondered where the method originated. “I don’t know if it was something they...
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