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Marc Jacobs finds his Nietzsche at the NY Public Library

Jun. 28, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not every designer who can pull off framing a fashion show around a quote from Nietzsche. But Marc Jacobs has always had an outsized flair for drama. “We have art in order not to die of the truth,” the German philosopher once said, a line that Jacobs...

Land for Roosevelt Presidential Library secured in ND

Jun. 27, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Organizers planning the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota have reached a milestone in bringing the project to fruition. The library's foundation announced Monday that it has secured 90 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Medora...

Library restores Pride Month displays in children's rooms

Jun. 23, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A library board on Long Island reversed a decision made earlier this week to remove Pride Month displays from the system's children’s sections shortly after Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered a state human rights investigation. The Smithtown Library board of...

George Chauncey wins $500,000 Library of Congress award

Jun. 22, 2022 05:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Historian George Chauncey has received a $500,000 lifetime achievement award from the Library of Congress, the John W. Kluge Prize, the first time the honor has gone to a scholar in LGBTQ studies. The prize is given for achievement in the study of humanity....

Proposal seeks Alaska library funds cut over drag story time

Jun. 20, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The leaders of a southeast Alaska borough plan to hear a proposal that would cut library funding over the library's story time event hosted by a drag queen. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly plans on Monday to consider whether to place on the fall...

Drag story hour hosts, under attack, dig in their heels

Jun. 18, 2022 07:34 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protesters pray outside a library in New York City as Flame, a drag queen sporting a bright wig and a red gown, entertains the children inside by singing the ABCs, leading a coloring activity and reading books about how it’s OK to be different. Outside...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 17, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Research shows medication abortions...

Documents rediscovered: Sojourner Truth's fight to save son

Jun. 14, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

In 1828, years before she took the name Sojourner Truth, a Black woman who had escaped slavery with her infant daughter won a court fight in New York’s Hudson Valley to bring her son, Peter, home from Alabama. It was a historic case of a Black woman seeking the release of her son...

Judge in Maryland strikes down library e-book law

Jun. 13, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a legal case closely watched by libraries and the publishing industry, a federal judge in Maryland struck down a state law requiring publishers to make e-books available on “reasonable terms" to libraries if they were also being offered to the general public. ...

Right-wing extremists amp up anti-LGBTQ rhetoric online

Jun. 13, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A few weeks before 31 members of a white supremacist group were arrested for allegedly planning to riot at a northern Idaho LGBTQ pride event, a fundamentalist Idaho pastor told his Boise congregation that gay, lesbian and transgender people should be executed by the...