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I am going to be using [livejournal.com profile] ilovelibraries2 as another of my blogs, but it will be library related. I will just be posting things there relating to libraries. I will still be posting things here about work and stuff.

I made it as a community, so other people can post things about libraries. The community is open to everyone, only members can post though. Some entries will be members only so you'll need to be a member to read them.

The community dosen't really have much now, just some comics and stuff, I will post more of them when I see them. I am thinking about posting unshelved there each day, but might only end up doing it when I remember. So feel free to join and post things also.
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I just created a new community called, [livejournal.com profile] ilovelibraries2.

It is about libraries, whether you work at one or just go to one. Post about your library.
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The Free Library of Philadelphia is closing all its branches on October 2nd, 2009, becuase of budget cuts.

Here is some more information about this according to their website:

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009

All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,

We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

Specifically, the following will take effect after the close of business, October 2, 2009:

- All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled
- All Parkway Central Library programs, including children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs, will be cancelled. We are exploring the possibility of relocating the Philadelphia Author Series programs to other non-library facilities.
- All library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers will cease.
- All community meetings at our branch and regional libraries, and the Parkway Central Library, will be cancelled.
- All GED, ABE and ESL programs held at Free Library branches will be discontinued, students should contact their teacher to see if other arrangements are being made.
- In addition, all library materials will be due on October 1, 2009. This will result in a diminishing borrowing period for books and other library materials, beginning September 11, 2009. No library materials will be able to be borrowed after September 30, 2009.

Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome. If you have any questions about impacts to Free Library services, call 215-686-5322, or visit the Free Library of Philadelphia website at www.freelibrary.org. If you have questions about changes to City services, or if you want to be kept informed about this situation, we encourage you to contact Philly 311 by calling 3-1-1 between the hours of 8am and 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturdays, e-mail philly311@phila.gov, or visit the City of Philadelphia website at http://www.phila.gov.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support of the Free Library of Philadelphia during these difficult times.

Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia

http://libwww.freelibrary.org/closing/
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One of the librarians of the Queens Library at the Woodhaven Branch made this video with some of the kids from the library during this year's Summer Reading Program.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXb4Qiiihgs

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