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Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Jefferson News-Tribune, Jan. 26 Every year there's a few bills in the Missouri Legislature that, while they likely won't pass, they sure create a buzz. One such bill this year is sponsored by Rep. Bill Baker, R-Neosho. The bill targets "drag queen story hours" — library events in which drag queens read...

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Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win honors for children's books

Jan. 27, 2020 3:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work...

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Librarians honor books by Luiselli and Higginbotham

Jan. 26, 2020 7:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. The awards for fiction and nonfiction were...

Agents recover stolen 500-year-old copy of Columbus letter

Jan. 24, 2020 8:13 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a more than 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware and Homeland Security investigators, who specialize in the recovery of...

FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. A division of the American Library Association has added the Poe house to its national registry of Literary Landmarks. The museum will host a dedication ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, which coincides with the celebration of the 211th anniversary of Poe's birth. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore named literary landmark

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. A division of the American Library Association has added the Poe house to its national registry of Literary Landmarks. The museum will host a dedication ceremony on Sunday, which...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2003 file photo Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, poses outside his office with one of his books in Cleveland. Johnston has the largest collection of golf books in the world, and he' s gifting it to the R&A. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak, file)

Column: From 30 books to 30,000, and a gift back to Scotland

Jan. 14, 2020 9:57 AM EST

Alastair Johnston returned home to Scotland after an internship with IMG and brought with him 30 golf books that had been collecting dust in a storage room. That was more than 50 years ago. His next shipment to Scotland is going to be substantially more. What began as a hobby has become the largest golf library...

St. Louis area nixes library fines, joining growing trend

Jan. 7, 2020 10:30 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Overdue library books won't be costly for St. Louis borrowers anymore. Directors of the public library systems in St. Louis and St. Louis County announced Tuesday that they are joining a growing number of lenders that have stopped charging late fees. The push to drop fines gained steam...

Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot pose in a 1946 family photo in Dorset, Vermont. After more than 60 years of sitting sealed up in a storage facility at Princeton University Library, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled, revealing the extent of their relationship that scholars have speculated about for decades. (Princeton University Library via AP)

T.S. Eliot letters show love for muse but poet downplays it

Jan. 4, 2020 9:27 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Recently unveiled letters from T.S. Eliot to his muse Emily Hale show how much he loved his longtime friend, but a statement from beyond the grave by the poet himself dismisses his feelings and shows how Eliot tries to rewrite the narrative of their relationship, scholars say. Hale...

In this Oct. 14, 2019, photo, letters between poet T.S. Eliot and longtime confidante Emily Hale are displayed in Princeton, N.J. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 marks the first day that students, researchers and scholars can go to the Ivy League school in New Jersey to see these letters that many are saying may reveal more intimate details about Eliot's life and work. (Shelley Szwast/Princeton University Library via AP)

T.S. Eliot letters to muse to be unveiled after 60 years

Jan. 1, 2020 3:35 PM EST

After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled this week, and scholars hope they will reveal the extent of a relationship that's been speculated about for decades. Many consider Hale to not only be...

Clothing library helps students match gender identity

Dec. 31, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis University students have founded what they call a clothing library that helps students find outfits that match their gender identity. St. Louis Public Radio reported that the student-led Queer Closet allows transgender and gender-nonconforming people to rent or buy affordable...