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David Bromberg fears huge violin collection must be split up

Jul. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

WLIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — David Bromberg, a master of stringed-instrument Americana, says a deal to sell his massive collection of historic violins to the Library of Congress has fallen through. The singer-songwriter and session musician has compiled a collection of 263 historic American violins over the...

Man accused of burning LGBTQ books loses motion to dismiss

Jul. 10, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A magistrate has refused to dismiss a criminal mischief charge against an Iowa religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library. Prosecutors say 63-year-old Paul Dorr posted a video on Facebook in October in which he denounced the...

Architect known designing for African American museum dies

Jul. 9, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Phil Freelon, who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, died Tuesday in North Carolina. Freelon, 66, had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. He died in Durham about a...

Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

Jul. 8, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it's just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like "moldy sponge" or "green grass." But to the U.S. Secret...

California man returns Hawaii library book after 47 years

Jul. 2, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A California man who borrowed a cookbook from a Honolulu library has returned it after nearly five decades. Hawaii News Now reports Patrick Powers delivered the "Hawaii Cooks" book to the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library last week while on vacation in the state. Powers says he found the book...

Maryland man charged in Drag Queen Storytime scuffle

Jul. 2, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (AP) — A man allegedly assaulted a Maryland public library board member during a Drag Queen Storytime library event. The Capital Gazette reports 28-year-old Scott Thomas Miller was charged with assault and disorderly conduct Saturday. Anne Arundel County Libraries spokeswoman Christine...

Exhibit will show rare copy of Declaration of Independence

Jun. 23, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale University library will display a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence and hold a public reading to mark the 243rd anniversary of the nation's founding. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library says the document is one of only 26 known copies of the first...

University of New Mexico gets rare George Orwell collection

Jun. 23, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime advocate and employee of the University of New Mexico University Libraries is donating his collection of rare George Orwell books. The university announced last week that professor and curator emeritus Russ Davidson has agreed to donate his Orwell book collection, which...

'Cinderella' film feted at Library of Congress

Jun. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. But there was valet parking for the guests invited to a "mini-ball" held at the Library of Congress in honor of the Disney film "Cinderella." The Thursday evening event featured a costumed Cinderella character, who descended the library steps to...

Bible underscores Lincoln's belief he was to end slavery

Jun. 20, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president's budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow's labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say. The King...