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  1. The board of a West Virginia library reverses decision to refuse ‘Fear’
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    Connie Perry, the president of the trustees of the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said Friday afternoon by phone that her town library will carry Bob Woodward’s “Fear.” Perry said the library board did not know that the library director had refused to accept a donated copy of “Fear” until the issue was raised in media reports. “The board didn’t know anything about this,” Perry said. “We have corrected that. The book has been accepted — in fact, two of them.”
    From The board of a West Virginia library reverses decision to refuse ‘Fear’ - The Washington Post
  2. Opinion | To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library - The New York Times
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    But the problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. Indeed, in New York and many other cities, library circulation, program attendance and average hours spent visiting are up. The real problem that libraries face is that so many people are using them, and for such a wide variety of purposes, that library systems and their employees are overwhelmed. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, about half of all Americans ages 16 and over used a public library in the past year, and two-thirds say that closing their local branch would have a “major impact on their community.”
    From Opinion | To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library - The New York Times
  3. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures
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    Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens
    From Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures | Books | The Guardian
  4. Every Book Tour Should Include a Public School
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    In my rare calm moments as a curator (when I’m not sending a hundred emails or moving a hundred chairs), I often reflect that the literary world should make greater efforts to reach teenagers, and more high schools should promote contemporary literature by living authors. How else will we build the next generation of literary readers? Writers need young people. Sigrid Nunez agreed. “I don’t think most people realize how much you can learn about the world from listening to young adults.”
    From Every Book Tour Should Include a Public School | Literary Hub
  5. EU and national funders launch plan for free and immediate open access to journals
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    EU and national funders launch plan for free and immediate open access to journals The architect of ‘Plan-S’, Robert-Jan Smits, hopes to force a major change in the business model of academic publishers. The effect will be similar to the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges in Europe, he says
    From EU and national funders launch plan for free and immediate open access to journals | Science|Business

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