Book Buzz May 8, 2013: Opponents Rally Against New York Public Library Plan

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Opponents Rally Against New York Public Library Plan

Source: NYT, 5-8-13

Protesters on the library steps.

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More than 100 people gathered in front of the New York Public Library’s Fifth Avenue flagship building on Wednesday afternoon to register opposition to the library’s renovation plan.

The rally against the project (known as the Central Library Plan) was timed to coincide with the quarterly meeting of the library’s trustees….READ MORE

Book Buzz April 25, 2013: Convergence of Presidents at George W. Bush Library Dedication

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Convergence of Presidents at Bush Library Dedication

Source: NYT, 4-25-13

From left, President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday in Dallas.

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From left, President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday in Dallas.

President Obama joined all of his living predecessors on Thursday to pay tribute to George W. Bush….READ MORE

Book Buzz April 25, 2013: George W. Bush’s Remarks at His Presidential Library Dedication

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George W. Bush’s Remarks at His Presidential Library Dedication

Source: NYT, 4-25-13

The following is the text of former President George W. Bush’s remarks at his presidential library dedication in Dallas on Thursday, as transcribed by Federal News Service….READ MORE

Book Buzz February 20, 2012: Public Library Presidents’ Day Children’s Books Choices

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Bedford Hills Library Says Watch, Read About Presidents Day

Source: The Daily Bedford, 2-20-12

While Presidents Day in recent years may be known for shopping sales and days off from school and work, the Bedford Hills Free Library and the Mount Kisco Public Library are suggesting you show your children, and maybe remind yourself, why the holiday presents a valuable day to educate.

Books can offer a unique perspective on history, according to Bedford Hills Librarian Kathy Storfer. But what Storfer suggests for the week is a day spent in front of the silver screen. The video of the Broadway musical “1776” is a classic, Storfer said, along with “Glory,” the tale of the first all-black volunteer company in the Civil War. But she strongly requests the HBO mini-series “John Adams.”

“It’s brilliantly done and brilliantly acted, and it humanizes him,” she said of President John Adams. “We often picture these people on pedestals, but these were real human beings. They show the dirt and the mud, the real human beings. Adams was reviled because he defended the British. And they showed that.

Vicki Kriegeskotte of the Bedford Hills Free Library brings in the literature point of view, as she suggests for young readers books that focus on the behind the scenes story, one about the first ladies. Books like “A is for Abigail” by Lynne Cheney and “First Ladies” by Amy Pastan are suggested.

“They had their own opinions, but also supported what their husbands did,” she said. “And they were there and took care of things their husbands couldn’t take care of to make sure things ran smoothly.”

Deirdre Johnson, who heads of the children’s section of the Mount Kisco Public Library, said she specifically enjoys new book “Those Rebels, John and Tom” by Barbara Kerley. It’s about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and their sometimes difficult but ultimately crucial relationship.

“It shows how they were complete opposites, but they worked together really well and did wonderful things for the country,” Johnson said. “History is one of the things that helps kids imagine and helps their character, and helps them know where they are in the world.”

 

 

Book Buzz February 15, 2012: New York Public Library Revives its Overhaul Plans

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Ambitions Rekindled at Public Library

Source: NYT, 2-15-12

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“We are ready to re-engage toward executing our plans,” said Anthony W. Marx, who became the library’s president in July.

The New York Public Library on Wednesday rekindled its ambitious $1 billion plan to overhaul its branches and renovate its Fifth Avenue flagship.
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The plan would involve selling two of the system’s libraries and designing a new circulating library inside the main branch, above.

The plan, which will now involve selling two of the system’s best-known libraries — the Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry and Business Library — was announced in 2008, when it was expected to be substantially completed by 2014. But the plan languished because of the economic downturn and changes in the library’s leadership.

On Wednesday, though, the board gave the British architect Norman Foster approval to proceed with the next stage of designing a new circulating library inside the main branch to replace the Mid-Manhattan operation. It would be built below the Rose Reading Room, overlooking Bryant Park.

The board also approved a pilot program to expand educational programming at branch libraries.

“We are ready to re-engage toward executing our plans,” said Anthony W. Marx, who became the library’s president in July….READ MORE

Randall Stross: Digital Domain Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

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RANDALL STROSS: Digital Domain Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

Source: NYT, 12-24-11

LAST year, Christmas was the biggest single day for e-book sales by HarperCollins. And indications are that this year’s Christmas Day total will be even higher, given the extremely strong sales of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook. Amazon announced on Dec. 15 that it had sold one million of its Kindles in each of the three previous weeks.

E-books and audio books on the Web site of the New York Public Library. Publishers are waiting for an industrywide approach to e-lending to gel.

But we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too.

And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy. Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries’ access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones.

Borrowing a printed book from the library imposes an inconvenience upon its patrons. “You have to walk or drive to the library, then walk or drive back to return it,” says Maja Thomas, a senior vice president of the Hachettte Book Group, in charge of its digital division.

And print copies don’t last forever; eventually, the ones that are much in demand will have to be replaced. “Selling one copy that could be lent out an infinite number of times with no friction is not a sustainable business model for us,” Ms. Thomas says. Hachette stopped making its e-books available to libraries in 2009.

E-lending is not without some friction. Software ensures that only one patron can read an e-book copy at a time, and people who see a long waiting list for a certain title may decide to buy it instead….READ MORE

Randall Stross is an author based in Silicon Valley and a professor of business at San Jose State University. E-mail: stross@nytimes.com.

A version of this article appeared in print on December 25, 2011, on page BU3 of the New York edition with the headline: Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War.