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Teen novel banned after outcry from New Zealand Christian group

Auckland - New Zealand censors sparked outrage on Monday after banning an award-winning teen novel that includes sex and bullying, making it the first book removed from shelves in more than two decades.

Op-Ed: Libraries: More bridges between culture and education collapse

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

Op-Ed: Are children still interested in books?

With the rise of the number of children reading on tablets, especially after Christmas, many parents are wondering whether there is any harm leaving their little ones use such technology.

Op-Ed: Get the old grumpy librarians out; for our children's sake!

I love books and I absolutely love libraries. To be honest, without libraries, I would not have written over 50 children’s books. Books are part of my daily life because of the many libraries I visited in my life, and I am so happy I did so.

HathiTrust officials win case for fair use of Google books

Millions of books that Google helped scan and compile are now completely legal to read at libraries throughout the United States due to a court ruling.

Chapters and Indigo Books show support for Toronto libraries

Toronto - Until August 14 Torontorians that show their library cards at Chapters and Indigo Book Stores will receive 30 percent off on any book written by Margaret Atwood.

Op-Ed: Libraries in Toronto could be the next to go on the cutting block

Toronto - As Toronto's City Hall looks at ways to cut down the budget, going to the local library may be a thing of the past. Today supporters of the city's public library were at City Hall to launch a campaign against privatization.

Local group continues battle against UK library cuts Special

Events were held at libraries throughout the United Kingdom on Saturday as part of the 'Save our Libraries' campaign. Over 400 UK libraries could be closed due to government budget cuts, the Guardian reports.

Op-Ed: Freedom to Read Week set for February 20 to February 26, 2011

The freedom to read is a fundamental right for all Canadians. Freedom to Read week highlights the fight against censorship.

3 libraries awarded $3,000 collection award by Alibris

Alibris, an Internet marketplace for new and used books, has awarded three underfunded libraries with $3,000 book grant. This is the seventh year that the company has given out the grants.

Calgary school libraries plan to add iPods to collections

The Calgary Board of Education has decided its libraries need to include technologies, such as video conferencing and hand-held devices like smartphones and the iPod.

Homeless and mentally ill flood nation’s libraries.

Once they were called the “Arsenals of Democracy,” but today, with America’s public Safety Net in shreds after years of neglect and budget cutting, most public libraries have become unofficial daycare centers for the homeless and the mentally ill.

Small Towns Face Losing Their Libraries

A community in southern Oregon is bracing for the very real possibility that its entire library system will soon be closing down.

School Libraries Ban Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Library patrons can check out books, but they can't check out the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue. A spokesman confirmed the Time Warner Inc. publication withheld shipment to libraries and schools after years of taking heat from critics.

Canadian Forces delivers one hundred thousand books to northern Ontario First Nations

It is a military mission to bring the joy of reading to children in Ontario's First Nations. One hundred thousand books are on their way north.

Wii's make their way to... Libraries?

Wii a learning device?
 

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