Sunday, August 24, 2014

History in flames: 100th Anniversary of Burning of Leuven University library

World War I had started weeks earlier and Belgium had slowed Germany’s march on France much more than expected. German irritation turned to anger, then to atrocities.
The destruction of the university library served little strategic purpose beyond ruining what people held dear — a practice that continues to thrive today, especially in the Middle East and Africa, where roaming rebels and defiant dictators are robbing the world of some of the highlights of human history.
The strategy is destroying the identity of a community,” said Leuven University archivist Mark Derez.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pro-Palestinian Chicago writer addresses peaceful crowd at Evanston library

An overflow crowd listened to Chicago writer Ali Abunimah read from his book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” at the Evanston Public Library on August 11, 2014 after the library’s controversial decision to postpone, and then reissue, his invitation to speak.

See program at YouTube.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Homelessness and U.S. Public Libraries.

Reuters- Ian Simpson-July, 2014.

Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness.

See " Quiet, Please - Homeless in Tampa." by Quncy Walters.
QUIET, PLEASE (a short documentary)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jacksonville Public Library sponsors Dean Phelts on American Beach with Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

The author of two books about American Beach, one of Florida’s most historic blacks-only beach communities, will discuss her books and memories of the Civil Rights Movement at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16, at Jacksonville’s Main Library at 303 N. Laura St.
Dean Phelts, author of “An American Beach for African Americans” and “The American Beach Cookbook,” spent many years as a librarian in the public library’s genealogy department and is a contributor to the Florida Star newspaper.
The free event will be held in the main library’s conference center
The library and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of 1964’s Civil Rights Act with a special reading list and programs throughout this year. This event is part of the commemoration.