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Louisiana award goes to writer of books on pandemic, floods

Oct. 31, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana author who has written about the 1918 flu pandemic and the 1927 Mississippi River flood is receiving the state's annual writing award. John M. Barry has been chosen for the 21st annual Louisiana Writer Award, given by the state library's Louisiana Center for the Book....

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author hosts 'pool party’ in Maryland

Oct. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jeff Kinney’s latest book tour stop took him into Eldersburg, where the bestselling children’s author and cartoonist hosted a virtual pool party for hundreds of his fans. The Maryland-born Kinney is best known for the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, and the...

Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

Oct. 27, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and lived a cowboy life before becoming the 26th U.S....

Libraries adapt to serve customers during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Jana Maher misses the interaction of her story times as Miss Sparkles at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s gone virtual and also has held outdoor story times in parks for families. With winter coming, virtual might be the only...

Author hosts Lake Charles event for family lost in hurricane

Oct. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — In the midst of grieving the loss of five family members, Minnesota radio host, talk show host and children’s book author Sheletta Brundidge gave away books and toys to kids impacted by hurricanes Laura and Delta at Calcasieu Central Library in Lake Charles. The drive-thru...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

Library removes name of white supremacist from branch

Oct. 21, 2020 4:46 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina library will remove the name of a former state governor from one of its branches because of his ties to white supremacy, officials said. A Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branch near SouthPark mall is named after Gov. Cameron A. Morrison, who helped lead the white...

Wildlife agency offers programs on bobcats, bats and turkeys

Oct. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state wildlife officials are partnering with local libraries this fall to host a series of virtual outreach programs to inform the public about wildlife management and conservation efforts. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Rhode Islanders to learn about...

Arizona history Oct. 18-24

Oct. 14, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

Sunday, Oct. 18 On this date in 1866, the Calabasas Post Office was established. On this date in 1893, hundreds of unemployed men from California moved east along the railroad tracks. Tucson police patrolled the tracks, giving each man a loaf of bread and ordering him to move on. On this date in 1904, the Salt...

Home of state senator’s mother on sale, will benefit library

Oct. 10, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Dorothy Rankin had a system. Every few weeks she’d take the short drive to Conway Memorial Library and peruse through the massive collection of books. Southern, Amish and Christian fiction novels were her favorite. Rankin would flip through the books, searching for something....