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New exhibit at Indianapolis library focuses LGBTQ history

Nov. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new exhibit at downtown Indianapolis’ public library is shining a spotlight on the history of the LGBTQ community. The exhibit that opened Thursday at Central Library contains more than 7,000 books and other items that illuminate LGBTQ history, culture and stories. The display...

Report: Retired cops with disciplinary pasts work at schools

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Retired Orlando Police Department officer Dennis Turner sparked a furor when he arrested two 6-year-old students while working as a school resource officer at Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy in September. As details emerged of Turner’s history — including a child abuse...

Library designs program to reach children with autism

Nov. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EST

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — In a dimly lit corner of the library, far away from the colorful children's area, the beeping of the scanners and stacks of thousands of books, Amanda Coleman waited in silence, surrounded by bean bags and sensory pads. "It's Pikachu. I'm so glad you're here," the Athens-Limestone...

WV library cancels drag queen event after violent threats

Nov. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia library says violent threats prompted it to cancel an event where drag queens were going to read to children. The Morgantown Public Library System announced it was canceling its Drag Queen Story Time event in a Facebook post Friday. The statement cited...

President Trump to nominate library head to federal agency

Nov. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate the executive director the Kansas City Public Library to lead a little-known independent federal agency that the White House has tried to shutter. The Kansas City Star reports that Crosby Kemper III will become director of the...

Copy of Gettysburg address handwritten by Lincoln on display

Nov. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that was handwritten by the 16th president himself is going on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield for two weeks. In a news release, the museum says it will display the copy — one...

Google, Israel’s National Library team up to digitize books

Nov. 13, 2019 12:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel is working with Google to digitize 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use. The library said in a statement this week that its contribution will significantly increase the percentage of Hebrew...

Official: New York Times' fallout affecting local tourism

Nov. 11, 2019 9:26 AM EST

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — Controversy over one Florida county commission's response to being asked to pay for a digital subscription to the New York Times has spilled over into the local tourism realm. The Citrus County Chronicle reports people are cancelling trips to Citrus County and the repercussions are...

New exhibit about the census opens at Rhode Island archives

Nov. 10, 2019 12:15 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new exhibition about the history of the census has opened at the Rhode Island State Archives. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says that with the 2020 Census approaching, she's inviting the public to explore the "why" and the "how" of the decennial census. The "Count Me In!"...

Legislature aims to fix audit law requiring criminal probe

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are promising a fix to inflexible laws that make mandatory criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake. Recent agency audits that were referred for criminal prosecution have sent a ripple of fear...