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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.
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.
by Reza Aslan
Two thousand years after it was destroyed by fire, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—the mythic Egyptian library that at one time boasted a universal collection of everything ever written—as reopened to the public on October 16.
by Linda Lappin
Witnesses looked on in anguish as the murky flood waters of the Vltava River surged over Prague, one of the world's greatest literary cities-home of Kafka, Kundera, Hrabal, and Havel.
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