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Patron Surprises Library With 84-Year-Old Find

His mom took out a book in 1934 and never returned it

(Newser) - If you've been on the waiting list to take Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology out of the Shreve Memorial Library, you're now in luck. That's because a copy that's been missing for 84 years from the library in Shreveport, La., has finally been returned, the... More »

Snakes Put DC Library Out of Circulation

They were 4 days early for the reptile show

(Newser) - A DC Public Library branch was briefly closed upon the discovery of some uninvited guests: snakes. The Washington Post reports the Georgetown Library closed Saturday after staff noticed snakes near a meeting room. Another snake was found earlier that day and released outside. The library called pest control and closed... More »

Library's Rare Books Manager Charged in $8M Heist

Stolen items were allegedly transferred to a local book shop owner, sold

(Newser) - When appraisers discovered $8 million in rare books missing from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, investigators knew where to turn. As archivist and manager of the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room for 25 years, Gregory Priore let visitors in—and, allegedly, let some 320 items out. According to police,... More »

Amid a Trio of Rare Books, a Toxic Find

Tomes in Denmark university library were coated in arsenic-laced paint

(Newser) - If one were to handpick a career that guaranteed a safe work environment, librarian would seem a reasonable choice. A trio of books found at the University of Southern Denmark may have just upended that assumption as researchers discovered a possible toxic avenger from the Renaissance era. Experts were studying... More »

Library Book Is Back, 47 Years Late

The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir Soul On Ice was due Dec. 9, 1970

(Newser) - A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library, the AP reports. The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir Soul On Ice was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months, and 29 days late. The... More »

Woman Studying to Be Doctor Was Murdered at the Library

Deane Kenny Stryker, 22, was stabbed to death Saturday in Winchester, Mass.

(Newser) - The public library in Winchester, Mass., is closed until at least Tuesday, per a Facebook post, for a reason both unexpected and horrifying: On Saturday morning, a woman was fatally stabbed with a hunting knife there in what authorities are calling an unprovoked attack. Boston.com quotes Middlesex District Attorney... More »

6 Hairs in Library Book Came From Famous Head

That would be George Washington

(Newser) - You don't expect a hair-raising discovery to come from a book of population estimates for the American colonies, especially one with the boring title of "Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the Year 1793." Yet buried in the volume kept on a library shelf... More »

Librarian Rejects Melania's 'Racist' Dr. Seuss Gift

'We will not be keeping the titles for our collection'

(Newser) - The illustrations of Melania Trump's favorite children's author are "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes," according to an elementary school librarian who rejected a gift from the first lady. Trump sent 10 Dr. Seuss books to the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Mass., to mark... More »

Library: No, We Don't Take Chuck E. Cheese Tokens

Massachusetts residents are apparently trying to pay fines with them

(Newser) - A Massachusetts library is having to issue the rather obvious reminder to patrons that Chuck E. Cheese tokens are not an acceptable form of payment for overdue book fines, reports the AP . "This summer we’ve had a surge of folks attempting to pay fines and printing fees with... More »

Can You Read This Witch Spell? A Chicago Library Needs You

The Newberry is asking for public's help in translating 17th-century charms manuscript

(Newser) - In the market for some 17th-century spells written by (possible) real-life witches? The Book of Magical Charms, a handwritten manuscript penned by two unknown Brits in the 1600s, is shelved at Chicago's Newberry Library, along with two similar books, Quartz reports. The charms manual includes everyday tips and remedies,... More »

New in New York: Drag Queen Story Hour

Library brings drag queens in for story time with children

(Newser) - It takes a certain something to be a good storyteller: enthusiasm, timing, and a flair for the dramatic. Performers at a children's story hour at a New York City library have all that and then some—they're drag queens. About once a month since last fall, the Brooklyn... More »

Cosby's New Infamy: Kids' Books Among 'Most Challenged'

American Library Association is out with list for 2016

(Newser) - A celebrity once beloved among young people now finds himself on a list of books parents and other community members most wish to see removed from libraries: Bill Cosby. Cosby's "Little Bill Books" series is among those making the American Library Association's annual top 10 "challenged... More »

High-Stakes Mystery at Ohio Library Involves 30 A1 Bottles

Everyone wants to know who's been hiding them around the building since January

(Newser) - Would you like the latest George Saunders book medium rare or well done? That may sound like a strange request, but no stranger than what's been going on since January at an Ohio library. Per Cleveland.com , staff at Avon Lake's book lender have been scratching their heads... More »

New Millennial Trend: Adulting Classes

'Let's get these people together so they can learn this stuff'

(Newser) - Know how to fold sheets? Change a tire? Cook dinner? Balance your budget? What sound like basic life skills to some may actually be novelties to others, who for whatever reason didn't learn certain tasks generally associated with adulthood. And yes, now there are "adulting" classes and meet-ups... More »

Book Returned to Library 100 Years Late

Man's great-grandmother had checked out 'Forty Minutes Late' (no joke) in 1917

(Newser) - A book of short stories titled Forty Minutes Late has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library—100 years late, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bay Area resident Webb Johnson returned the book Friday. There was no fine. Johnson's great-grandmother had checked it out... More »

He Took Out 262 Library Books a Month —and Was Fictional

Library scheme sought to 'save' books

(Newser) - Sorrento, Fla., is not home to the country's most avid reader, though it would appear that way based on the East Lake County Library's records. They show that a man by the name of Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books over a nine-month period last year, including... More »

With Eye on Trump, Internet Will Be Backed Up in Canada

'Preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions'

(Newser) - The US-based nonprofit Internet Archive, responsible for continuously archiving as much of the web as it can and perhaps best known for its 279 billion-web-page-strong Wayback Machine , is moving to Canada. Or, more precisely, expanding to Canada. The organization announced on its blog on Tuesday that it is raising money... More »

College Student Finds Forgotten 1599 Bible

Geneva Bible sat in a box in college library

(Newser) - A curious college student has rediscovered a copy of what the Oregonian calls "one of the most historically significant Bibles ever published." Junior Sam Bussan had only been working as an archival assistant at Lewis & Clark College's Watzek Library in Portland for less than a month... More »

Man Arrested, Charged For Asking Controversial Question at KC Library

A library official is 'outraged'

(Newser) - The executive director of the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion about the Middle East peace process and an employee who tried to intervene. Although the arrests... More »

Heroin Epidemic Checks Into America's Libraries

Quiet public spaces prove attractive for addicts, see spike in overdoses

(Newser) - The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading—unfettered public access, quiet corners and nooks, minimal interaction with other people—also make them appealing places to shoot up heroin, reports the AP in a look at the trend. In Norfolk, Va., a 47-year-old man died after a... More »

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