it’s friday

I got a credit on librarian.net for my contribution. Have I mentioned that Jessamyn rocks?

Can’t figure out what to put on your summer reading list? Take a look at this resource. If you’re in the UK, it will direct you to the closest public library with that book, but even if you’re not in the UK, it’s still a good place to get you started.

There is a one-man play with a plot that centers on the mysterious return of 113 years overdue book. It sounds very interesting. If anyone in the Washington D.C. area goes to see it, please let me know what you think of it.

The new director of the Minneapolis Public Library system is a lawyer (not a librarian), formerly the commissioner of housing, a lesbian, and she refused to take a higher salary than that of the public safety chiefs. You go girl!

Turns out that the “FBI Agent” that came looking for Merv’s records in this week’s Overdue is really his father.

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It’s been pouring rain all afternoon, but now that it’s time to go, it has stopped. Good thing, too, since I didn’t bring my umbrella or rain jacket today. Several interesting things came across my email and web searches. No real connection between them other than they caught my attention.

Purdue Libraries hosted five Russian librarians recently as a part of the Open World Program at the Library of Congress Center for Russian Leadership Development. One of the librarians, Anna Britayeva, said, “I think that it is great that here in the United States, people pay so much attention to the libraries, because libraries are cultural centers, and many people depend on libraries. So I think if you want your nation to become more educated, more cultured, you should build more and more libraries.” Amen, sister!

This week, an American peace activist was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer when she tried to stop them from destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza. Today at her memorial service, Israeli armored vehicles attempted to break up the peaceful mourners with tear gas and grenades. Sick and wrong.

Want to learn Welsh but having trouble? Try this illustrated dictionary, intended for those learning Welsh as a second language.