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Free Mini Library @ New York City’s Subway System

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Free Books Now Available at Tiny Library in NYC Subway Station
NYPD Officer Damieon Frey unveils the new Free Little Library at the 145th Street and St. Nicholas Ave subway station.

Free mini-library was unveiled this week in a New York underground subway station — @ 145th Street & St Nicholas Avenue station right next to NYPD’s Transit District 3 Precincth allows for constant supervision

The little library stands about five-feet tall. Open the door and anyone can take a book. All the organizers ask it that readers leave a book behind, to fill the gap. The non-profit organization started the initiative in the hopes it would get more people reading.

Little Free Library has outlets all over the world. There are over 10 in the city already, but this is the first in an underground station. NYPD Transit plans to place a Little Free Library in each transit precinct eventually.

Little Free Library founder Todd H. Bol said there will be books for all age ranges and many that will appeal to young children.

“We did this partnership with Marvel, and Marvel is going to give an ongoing supply of books… Disney will send two years supply of Marvel books and comics.

Readers aged 13-18 would act as mentors to the younger children, reading with them after school at the Little Free Library outside the precinct, as part of the NYPD Explorers Program.

 
 
 
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Qatar Adds New Courses To It’s Master’s Degree In Library & Information Studies

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University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar) has announced the introduction of new courses within its postgraduate master’s degree of Library and Information Studies.
For the first time in Qatar, specialized courses in archives, records and data management will be taught. These will support the transition of Qatar to a knowledge-based economy and the development of the country’s growing need for library and information specialists.
The updates will help meet the growing need from across government and the private sectors to handle an ever-increasing amount of records, and to support the emerging research sector and e-government initiatives.
Trained data professionals in the sector will be able to manage and handle records from government agencies and private corporations, as well as the emerging research sector in the country.
The announcement comes just weeks after the official opening of the Qatar National Library that will now support Qatar’s innovative and research-based libraries sector to become a
regional leader.

Applications for UCL Qatar’s master’s degree programmes in Library and Information Studies and Museum and Gallery Practice are currently open at UCL Qatar. The degree programmes are available as full-time one year courses or part-time two years courses.

Thieves Caught With Stolen Egyptian Antiquities

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The Archeological Unit affiliated with the Ministry of Antiquities, in cooperation with the Customs Unit at the Cairo International Airport, thwarted a smuggling attempt of seven parcels containing three historic books, manuscripts and 10 governmental documents to an Arab country.

A committee has been assembled to inspect the books and documents; the documents were confirmed to be archeological and were immediately seized. The ministry of Antiquities should receive the seized books and documents in accordance with the law of the protection of antiquities No. 117/1983 and its amendments.

These documents date back to 1230 AH -1251 AH. The committee returned the seized items to the police until the ministry gets the approval to receive them so that they can be restored and preserved.

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The Aesthetics of Russian Libraries Is Causing Their Visitors To Dwindle

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 Councillor Pete Gilbert, Conservative county councillor for Bedworth West, says libraries that look like car parks are not helping halt the slump in visitor numbers across Warwickshire.  He continues to say” the biggest damage that we’ve caused ourselves is the knocking or pulling down of beautiful buildings that lived and breathed books and building these Soviet-looking flat roofed things that don’t inspire anybody.”

On the other hand in contrast to that, the county was among the best when it came to digital visits with eBook and eAudio downloads at an all-time high. 

Libraries Awarded For Best Architectural Design

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Cuba Plans to Publish A spanish Edition On The Thoughts Of President Xi Jinping of China

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Chinese and Cuban publishing houses have signed an agreement to jointly bring the Chinese leader’s thoughts on state governance and other issues to Cuba.

The agreement was signed during the 27th edition of the Havana International Book Fair that ended Sunday. Hermes Moreno, of the Cuban publishing house New Millennium that signed the agreement, said 5,000 to 10,000 copies are planned to be printed.

Cubans are interested to learn about the thinking of the top political leader of the People’s Republic of China.

Cuban readers are looking forward to having greater access to Xi’s books, as well as classic and contemporary Chinese literary works, which New Millennium may publish in the near future.

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