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US library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We will not ban the books’

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A small-town library is at risk of shutting down after residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted to defund it rather than tolerate certain LGBTQ+-themed books. Residents voted on Tuesday to block a renewal of funds tied...

‘Like I belong’: how an Inglewood library became a safe space for Black readers

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Asha Grant sits on a church pew near a table covered in vintage magazines. In the months leading up to the opening of the Salt Eaters Bookshop, she sourced the pew online from a soon-to-be shuttered church and the cof...

The Guardian view on Oslo’s Future Library: hope in practice

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Several hundred people trooped into a forest near the Norwegian capital, Oslo, earlier this month to toast the eighth year of a century-long investment in the future. Each year since 2014, when the Future Library proj...

The Guardian view on Oslo’s Future Library: hope in practice

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Several hundred people trooped into a forest near the Norwegian capital, Oslo, earlier this month to toast the eighth year of a century-long investment in the future. Each year since 2014, when the Future Library proj...

Future Library opens secret archive of unseen texts in Oslo

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On Sunday the Future Library, a project dreamed up by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson, was opened to the public in Oslo. After eight years, manuscripts penned by some of the world’s most famous living authors were ...

Murdering the competition: Richard Osman thriller tops UK library loans

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Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club was the most borrowed book from UK libraries in the year 2020-21, while the prolific bestseller James Patterson was the most borrowed author overall. The Public Lending Right (...

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to give books to refugee children

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Refugee children in London will be given a book each month until they turn five, thanks to a new project from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The global organisation is partnering with publisher Penguin Random Hou...

Nashville library debuts ‘I read banned books’ cards amid censorship efforts

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The Nashville public library has debuted new library cards celebrating banned books amid attempts to censor literature throughout the state. Patrons of the Nashville public library system can now get limited-edition b...

Smashed Guardian hard drives feature in British Library exhibition

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Computer hard drives that were smashed up by Guardian executives to avoid handing over leaked classified documents to the government are on public display in a new exhibition about the media and society over the past ...

Barcelona honours Gabriel García Márquez with new library

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In the digital age, building a new library filled with old-fashioned printed books seems idealistic, almost quixotic.Not so in Barcelona. The city council is about to open a new €12m (£10m) library next month, the lat...

Stolen Darwin journals returned to Cambridge University library

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The plot was worthy of a Dan Brown thriller – two Charles Darwin manuscripts worth millions of pounds reported as stolen from Cambridge University library after being missing for two decades. The disappearance prompte...

‘Nothing was stolen’: New Zealanders carry on borrowing from closed, unstaffed library

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As New Zealand celebrated a national holiday, one of the country’s largest city libraries was closed, with staff and security given the day off. But an error with the automated door programming meant Tūranga’s doors o...

‘A symbol of new beginning’: Mosul’s university library reopens

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The university library in Mosul, which was bombed by Islamic State militants, has opened its doors again, describing itself as a “lighthouse of knowledge” which is “once again burning bright”. Founded in 1921, the lib...

Book a prize: Idaho library has wait list for story eight-year-old hid on a shelf

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When eight-year-old Dillon Helbig finished writing his book, The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis, in mid-December, he wanted everyone to read it. The only problem was that he did not have an agent. So he decided...

From student law to Steinem: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s library up for auction

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The personal library of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late US supreme court judge who became a liberal and feminist icon for championing women’s rights, is up for auction. Among more than 1,000 books from Ginsburg’s collec...

Lancashire village buys its own pub – to add to its shop and library

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It’s 6pm on a Thursday in November in the Trawden Arms in Lancashire and the pub is already so busy that the departure of the last bottle of pinot is announced from the bar. The reason for the crowd? It is the grand r...

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