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Cape Town fire burns university library, students evacuated

Apr. 18, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A wildfire raging on the slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain spread to the University of Cape Town, burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students Sunday. Orange flames lit up the windows of the library that houses...

Little Free Library project spreads love of books

Apr. 18, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

SALEM, Va. (AP) — Susan Chewning’s love of reading has resulted in her launching Little Free Libraries throughout the Roanoke Valley and getting her Salem church involved in book fairs. The next book fair will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Real Life Ministries, 4338...

Books about kids with disabilities, written by kids for kids

Apr. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — About 20 years ago, Kimberly Resh stood before a Kids Gap cashier, her 6-year-old daughter Mikayla behind her, with her wheelchair and feeding tube. Mikayla had numerous severe physical and intellectual disabilities from birth, and medical...

Vartan Gregorian, longtime president of Carnegie Corp., dies

Apr. 16, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vartan Gregorian, the noted scholar and philanthropic leader who led the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997, died Thursday after being hospitalized for stomach pain. He was 87. “The Corporation has lost a devoted and tireless leader — an...

New State Library and Archives hosts opening ceremony

Apr. 12, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives celebrated the opening of its new 165,000-square-foot building Monday in Nashville, with several Tennessee governors and other top figures in state government on hand for a ribbon cutting. Among them were...

LaHood resigns Lincoln Museum job after loan fine disclosure

Apr. 05, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has resigned as chairman of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, officials announced Monday. The move comes days after federal...

Books by Steinbeck, Alexie among most objected to in 2020

Apr. 05, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for books to be banned or restricted. On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020,...

Vast archives at JFK Library help bring 'Hemingway' to life

Apr. 04, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A new documentary on Ernest Hemingway — powered by vast but little-known archives kept at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston — is shedding new light on the acclaimed novelist. “Hemingway,” by longtime collaborators Ken...

Judge: Man who killed library patron was mentally ill

Mar. 31, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally stabbing a woman studying to become a doctor at a public library — and injuring a man who came to her aid — was found not guilty Wednesday because of his mental illness. Jeffery Yao, 27, of Winchester,...

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

Mar. 26, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104. Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced...