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Dog attacks security guard inside San Francisco library

Jan. 19, 2022 16:01 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog attacked and injured a security guard trying to help its owner who was unresponsive inside the San Francisco Main Library, public library officials said. Three guards went to check on the owner Sunday after he was found slumped over at a computer kiosk...

Davenport library becomes Iowa's first to hire social worker

Jan. 17, 2022 13:48 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport Public Library has become the first in Iowa to add a social worker to its staff. The Davenport library hired Quinn O’Brian full-time in October, noting that some patrons sought information from librarians that reached well beyond what...

Smithsonian exhibition coming to 6 Massachusetts towns

Jan. 15, 2022 11:33 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's traveling exhibit on changes in rural America is coming to six Massachusetts towns. The nonprofit Mass Humanities chose six local organizations to host “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” for the 2022-23 traveling exhibit produced by the...

Arkansas gets 211,000 at-home COVID-19 tests for residents

Jan. 11, 2022 13:12 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has received the first 211,000 of the 1.5 million rapid COVID-19 tests it has bought for residents to use, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office announced Monday. In a statement, the governor's office said the state would begin distributing the tests...

10 winners announced for I Love My Librarian award

Jan. 10, 2022 15:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Librarians aren't only loved for the books they recommend. This year's winners of the I Love My Librarian were cited for everything from their support during the COVID-19 pandemic to their participation in community baseball. On Monday, the American Library...

Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom

Jan. 09, 2022 13:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national library says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled last year, driven by a growing collection of digitized materials and an aggressive outreach campaign to the Arab world. Around 650,000 users, predominantly from the...

University exhibit explores U.S. response to Holocaust

Jan. 09, 2022 11:35 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A special exhibit at the University of Mississippi explores the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and ’40s. “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition from the...

Tax cuts, education changes among GOP legislative priorities

Jan. 09, 2022 10:25 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature begins the 2022 session Monday with nearly $2 billion in the bank and a strong urge by Republican legislative leaders and the governor to cut taxes. There will be pushback from Democrats and others who will call for spending some of the...

UA's new $81M project designed to help its students succeed

Jan. 09, 2022 10:07 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — When University of Arizona students return soon from holiday break, they’ll be able to meet some of their health and wellness needs at the newly renovated Bear Down Gymnasium. The renovation, which is set for completion this month, is the final piece of an...

Librarians step up to help people with water bills

Jan. 09, 2022 09:30 AM EST

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Librarians in a small northern Michigan town are helping with more than books. More than $500 in overdue water bills in Kingsley were paid off by librarians, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported in a year-end series about local good Samaritans. ...