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Germany hands Israel thousands of Kafka confidant's papers

May. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Tuesday handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one of the author's surreal stories. The papers returned include a postcard from Kafka from 1910 and personal documents kept by Max...

Late Kansas graduate donates $1.4 million to school

May. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas says a graduate's estate donated $1.4 million to support the university's library system and to provide needs-based scholarships. The school said in a news release Friday the gift comes from Martha "Matt" Mueller, who died in 2018 at the age of 83. She retired...

Columbia University to produce Obama presidency oral history

May. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama's presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of...

Kurt Vonnegut museum raises $1.5M for new Indianapolis home

May. 16, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis has reached its goal of raising $1.5 million to acquire and begin renovations on a building to serve as its permanent home. The museum announced Wednesday that it met a deadline for the fundraising effort. The museum's founder and...

Author Richard Ford to be honored by Library of Congress

May. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Ford has won the library's Prize for American Fiction. Hayden said in a statement that Ford was a...

A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis

May. 9, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks. The Arizona Senate approved a resolution this week calling for a systemic effort to prevent exposure to porn that's...

Award to drop name of author tied to sterilization movement

May. 6, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Libraries says it is changing the name of a children's book award that honors a prominent author and activist accused of once being connected to a movement that led to the sterilization of people with severe mental and physical disabilities. The State Board of...

Backers seek funds for North Dakota Teddy Roosevelt library

May. 5, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Walmart heir, a wealthy governor and energy companies profiting from North Dakota oil could fund a big chunk of the private money needed by developers of a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the western Badlands where he hunted and ranched before becoming the 26th U.S....

National Comedy Center to digitize Lucille Ball archives

Apr. 27, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Handwritten notes and family photographs belonging to Lucille Ball will be digitally preserved as part of a new project being undertaken by the National Comedy Center in the late actress's hometown. The center in western New York announced plans Friday to digitize the archives of the...

400-year-old Bible stolen from US is found in Netherlands

Apr. 25, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 17th century Geneva Bible, one of the hundreds of rare books authorities said were stolen from a Pittsburgh library as part of a 20-year-long theft scheme, is back home. The Bible, published in 1615, was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, about 45 miles (70 kilometers)...