October 1, 2013 |
Your English teacher and your local librarian are as important in a crisis as a fireman or an ambulance driver. That's the message to be found inside three recent American memoirs, each written by authors whose lives were saved by literature. In these times of austerity and repeated threats of shutdowns and sequesters, it's not easy to be a teacher -- especially one who doesn't teach chemistry or calculus. In the face of reduced budgets, public and school libraries scramble to serve the young people that depend on them.
March 13, 1994
I think both sides of the issue need to work together on a compromise. The Central Library weekend patron would be at a significant disadvantage by not having the services of the professional librarian. Volunteers, though well-meaning, will not be able to serve the clientele in the manner they deserve. I also believe that the librarians who are insisting on being paid extra for weekend work should re-examine their priorities in the reality of these difficult fiscal times. Local government's financial capabilities are so stretched right now that just being able to keep this wonderful resource open on weekends is a terrific strain on the budget.
December 13, 2009 |
My job as a young children's librarian in the 1970s was to connect kids with books. The first time a teacher called, requesting a presentation for her fifth-graders on famous people, I was on it. I gathered biographies -- athletes, artists, astronauts -- and leafed through for the telling phrase or incident sure to pull in the kids and vivid writing that would keep them turning the pages. When the class arrived, I booktalked the bios (it's a librarian thing -- like a film treatment)
November 17, 2010 |
Anyone who's ever witnessed a Lakers game or an Ultimate Fighting Championship would vouch for the comic book excesses of today's athletic endeavors. Probably began with Babe Ruth. And devolved into Sad Ochocinco. But never mind that right now, for we have found something purer, perhaps, near downtown, at a banked-track roller derby league known as L.A. Derby Dolls. Once, sometimes twice a month, some 2,000 people turn out to watch these tough puppies fly around the rink in unstaged athletic competition that is twice as ornery as any hockey game.
March 5, 1987 |
Robert Jenkins remembers the Sierra Madre Public Library of his childhood in the 1940s as "a kind of welcoming place. It was an odd cave of vast, cool spaces with tall, skinny windows. . . ." Now head of the art department of Citrus College, Jenkins knows the 100-year-old library influenced his life, but finds it hard to describe just how.
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December 3, 1985 |
Philip Larkin, whose reclusive life style and limited poetic output earned him the sobriquet "hermit of Hull," died Monday. He was 63 and his death was attributed to breathing difficulties after throat surgery. He died in Nuffield Hospital in Hull, a small northeast English town where he led a secluded life as a librarian living in a simple house darkened by drawn shades that protected his cherished books.
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October 23, 1986 |
The Fullerton Public Library wants its overdue books back. And this time the librarians are serious. The city has hired the consulting firm of Weldon and Associates to help recover the overdue books. Delinquent accounts will now be turned over to a collection agency and borrowers will be charged a $10 fee for the collection agency's services in addition to overdue fines. If a book is lost, the borrower will be charged for its cost in addition to a replacement fee and the $10.
March 4, 2013 |
The White House drew plaudits from Internet advocacy groups Monday for supporting a petition to make cellphone unlocking legal. But consumers shouldn't get their hopes up about being free to use cheaper foreign SIM cards overseas or selling their unlocked used smartphones on EBay. The Obama administration had already taken a strong position in favor of cellphone unlocking, and it's not clear what, if anything, changed with Monday's action. At issue is the Librarian of Congress' decision last year on whether consumers should be allowed to circumvent the digital locks that tie their phones to a particular mobile network.
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September 14, 1989 |
Beloved children's author Dr. Seuss is under attack by logging families in a rural upper Northern California town who want his 1971 classic, "The Lorax," chopped as required reading by their kids. A special committee of the Laytonville Unified School District met Wednesday to consider a complaint that the book "criminalizes" tree-cutting.
January 10, 1993
As one who has been in the forefront on the issue of pay equity, I found myself responding with mixed emotions to your report, which informed us that women still earn only 69 cents for every dollar earned by a man. On one hand, it's gratifying that there are enough women doctors, dentists, aerospace engineers and bartenders to even compare their salaries to those of male counterparts. Not very long ago, women's career aspirations were limited to becoming a teacher, nurse, librarian or secretary.