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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...

St. Louis suburb sues to block new county library building

Jul. 5, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis suburb is suing its county library board to stop construction of a $20 million administrative building and genealogy center that the city's zoning board rejected. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the project faces opposition from residents of Frontenac worried about its...

Kansas university wins grant targeting Hispanic teachers

Jul. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently awarded grant will help local teachers who are Hispanic or who teach in districts with large Hispanic populations. The Joplin Globe reports that the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program awarded Pittsburg State University's College of Education a $530,281 grant to provide...

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...

Kansas City Public Library does away with overdue fines

Jun. 30, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Got an overdue book from a Kansas City library weighing on you? You're in luck; the Kansas City Public Library has forgiven $250,000 in overdue fines and will no longer charge late fees on any materials starting Monday. The Kansas City Star reports that the changes were announced...

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...