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FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows singer Glen Campbell performing during his Goodbye Tour in Little Rock, Ark. Campbell's song “Wichita Lineman,

Recording Registry adds 'Wichita Lineman,' album by Dr. Dre

Mar. 25, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre's classic debut rap album “The Chronic," Selena's sophomore release “Ven Conmigo" and the worldwide disco hit “Y.M.C.A." by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday...

Pop-up Library launches virtual book mobile for students

Mar. 24, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — To keep healthy literacy habits alive during COVID-19 school closures, the Portsmouth Pop-Up Library program has launched a virtual book mobile. Schools and public libraries are closed into April, at least, and as a result, there’s a limited access to free books for students...

Nanny Lina Cedeno, right, keeps her distance from the front door as she picks up her paycheck and a gift from the children she cares for made for her, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Montclair, N.J. Cedeno hasn't worked for the family in a week because of the coronavirus fears. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New Jersey tells residents to stay home, bans gatherings

Mar. 21, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to stay home, banned all gatherings and told nonessential retail businesses to close by 9 p.m. Saturday in order to slow the spread of the coronovirus. “I take personal responsibility for the public health and safety of New...

Library's curbside service feeds patrons' literary fix

Mar. 21, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — The drop went perfectly. Beside a sparsely occupied parking lot on a rainy day, a figure exited a vehicle and picked up the package that had just been left in a nondescript shopping bag. “They hooked me up,” said the recipient, a mother of a Benton-area third-grader, as she...

Mass shooting survivors gather for healing workshop

Mar. 21, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Crystal Woodman Miller huddled under the table in the Columbine High School library, a friend's arm wrapped around her, sheltering her body with his own. "Crystal," he said, "I promise I will take a bullet for you." That's when two boys from her school entered the room and began a...

Center for study of revolutionary era created

Mar. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Fried, who teaches writing at Penn and has done a fair amount of it himself, is a firm believer in the David Library of the American Revolution, a scholarly research center in Washington Crossing. Yes, the David Library has an astonishing collection, he said, but just as...

Ex-library director files lawsuit against city of Lewiston

Mar. 19, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A former library director has sued the city of Lewiston over her termination two years ago, alleging sexual harassment, a hostile work environment and other charges dating back to when she was hired in 2012. The Library Board of Trustees put Alexa Eccles on administrative leave in...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Mar. 18, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ March 17 The Ashland Daily Independent on local school employees supporting the community: Area schools and their employees never cease to amaze. Given all the uncertainty of the current times, we adults have a pressing responsibility to establish a sense of...

Man stocks toilet paper, other treasures in little library

Mar. 18, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man has removed the books from the little free library he erected at his Des Moines home and replaced them with newly treasured items: toilet paper, wet wipes and medical gloves. After Bob Meeley stocked those mundane products — much-sought-after as the coronavirus spreads...

State library suspends inter-library loans through April 3

Mar. 18, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire State Library on Wednesday suspended inter-library loan operations statewide to help minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. The suspension is in place through at least April 3. Inter-library loan allows people to borrow items that may not be part of their own...