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Zach Dodson, cofounder of Featherproof Books, an independent publisher of fiction based in Chicago, takes us on a down and dirty tour of some of Chicago's most popular reading venues, with a few stopovers along the way.

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News and Trends

July/August 2011

When the Google Books settlement was shot down on March 22 by judge Denny Chin, who cited copyright and competition concerns, plans for not-for-profit alternatives such as the Digital Public Library of America began taking shape.

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News and Trends

May/June 2011

Librarians revolt against HarperCollins after its decision to limit the number of times a digital copy of an e-book can be checked out and returned.

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News and Trends

September/October 2010

In June the San Francisco–based nonprofit Internet Archive partnered with several libraries across the country to allow e-book lending, taking the next step toward creating a one-stop online portal for digital reading and offering a hint of the new role libraries may play as the screen displaces the printed page.

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Daily News

Philadelphia’s fifty-four public libraries—along with its court system, rec centers, and thousands of public employees—were granted a reprieve last Thursday afternoon when the State Senate approved a $700 million relief package for the city. The funding forestalls mayor Michael Nutter’s “Plan C” budget, which, among other cuts, had called for the indefinite suspension of all library services on October 2.

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Daily News

In two weeks, the city that once enjoyed the largest book circulation in the world could find itself entirely without public libraries. The Free Library of Philadelphia announced earlier this month that unless the State Legislature approves the city’s budgetary requests, all branch, regional, and central libraries will close their doors and suspend programming effective Friday, October 2.

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Daily News

Despite a circulation boom, public libraries in Ohio are scrambling to close branches, reduce hours, and lay off staff—all in an attempt to cope with an unprecedented drop in state funding. According to the Ohio Library Council, reductions approved last month to the Public Library Fund, along with declining tax revenues, are expected to shrink library budgets by as much as 30 percent.

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Daily News

Flooding provoked three days ago by sudden rains in Louisville, Kentucky, has caused an estimated $5 million in damage to the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. The building—said to be the worst-hit in the city—will be closed to the public until at least Labor Day, with restoration work continuing throughout the remainder of the year. 

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Daily News

Kelleys Island, Ohio, recently became the first community in the country to reach 100 percent participation in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, saving the NEA’s literature director from having to eat his words—or, rather, Harper Lee’s words.

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Daily News

A rural county in southern Oregon is scheduled to close all of its libraries after losing seven million dollars of federal funding. On April 7, Jackson County, Oregon, will close fifteen library branches and lay off approximately one hundred employees. While other library systems have recently faced closure, including Salinas and Merced counties in California, and Niagara Falls, New York, they have each found ways to avoid shutting down.

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