Free a Book at New Westminster Public Library

Faith Jones wrote about New Westminster Public Library’s Free a Book initiative to celebrate Freedom to Read Week. We’re encouraging patrons to release their own books, using the Book Crossing project. We’ve put up a display from our collection and are giving out the attached flyer (made by two of our artistically talented staffers). I’m…

Heal this book: reversing vandalism

Morning Stories, a weekly podcast of stories from ordinary folks, aired Heal this book in December 2005.  This podcast is about an art exhibit that the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) did with books that had been damaged by a homophobic and misogynistic patron. From the transcript: This person used the card catalog and did…

Poster Removal at the Vancouver Public Library

On 6 May, an e-mail from a Vancouver Public Library Director instructed all VPL Branch Heads: “If the Walk for Palestine poster is up in your branch please remove it. We have had a number of complaints about it.” The poster advertised a number of events around Palestine Solidarity Month, and contained the phrase “60…

purple dot collection

In the fall I went to the Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library. I had heard rumors of a “purple dot” collection so I decided to find out more. The reference staff were lovely and explained that many of their instructional sex books and photography books were behind the circulation desk. Dummy video cases…

King and King remains in collection

King and King was challenged in the public library in Allentown, PA.  King and King is a kids picture book about a prince who rejects a bevy of babes to chose Lee as the one he wants to marry.  The library director’s comments are spot on and to the point: Kathee Rhode, the library’s director,…

London PL filtering update

Last week the London Public Library Board voted 5-4 in favour of continuing to filter most adult workstations. Cory Doctorow nicely summed up the problem with filters in an article in the Guardian: These systems are failures because they continue to allow the bad stuff through. They’re disasters because they block mountains of good stuff.…