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Aug 29, 2014 — Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.
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Apr 24, 2014 — Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.
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Mar 13, 2014 — A new study by Pew Research Internet Project has a surprise: people who use the old-school local library also tend to be highly engaged with technology.
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Dec 12, 2013 — Also: Lila Perl died at 92; David Foster Wallace and grammar; NEA grants awarded.
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Sep 14, 2013 — An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.
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Aug 19, 2013 — Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America. Worried that Google has an outsized hand in digitizing books, the DPLA is combining, on one site, the digital collections of libraries nationwide — free.
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Aug 12, 2013 — Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.
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Feb 2, 2013 — A small-town library in Colorado is lending more than just books. Patrons can now check out seeds and farm them. After the crops are harvested, the patrons return the seeds from the best fruits and vegetables so the library can lend them out to others.
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Aug 18, 2012 — Instead of throwing the book at parents who use the library as a babysitting center, one librarian is developing a program for the kids that includes mentoring and tutoring.
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May 27, 2011 — The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to lay off thousands of employees, due to a budget shortfall. The cuts include 85 school librarians — who have been told that they no longer count as teachers. Many must defend their jobs, facing questions from the district's lawyers.
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