Is the Library of Things an answer to our peak stuff problem?

“The carpet is filthy. Guests are about to arrive. You have several choices: buy a carpet cleaning machine (around £130 upwards), pay for a professional cleaning company (about £40), or rent a machine from a private hire firm (around £29 for two days). Or, if you live in West Norwood, just pop down the road and borrow one for £9.” (via The Guardian)

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Florida Parents Push to Remove Popular ‘Internet Girls’ Series From School Libraries

“Parents in a school district near Jacksonville, Florida, are trying to remove two frequently challenged books from the Yulee Middle School’s library. According to the parents, books TTYL and its sequel TTFN– two novels in Lauren Myracle’s popular Internet Girls series– are inappropriate for their Middle School children. Florida’s Nassau County School District has convened a group named the Intellectual Freedom Committee to determine the fate of the books.” (via NCAC)

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NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

“Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.” (via NASA)

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Sprint and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Launch Program to Help Provide Internet Access to Students at Home

“This school year, Charlotte-area students will be able to check out a free Wi-Fi hotspot through a new agreement between Sprint (NYSE:S) and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Sprint and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library have made a commitment of offering 150 wireless hot spots to students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who need to borrow the devices in order to stay connected at home. The Library will lend students without broadband access at home the devices for up to 30 days.” (via Business Wire)

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Where state prison inmates can escape … to the law library

“Before he ended up at East Jersey State Prison, Morris Jackmon couldn’t imagine a life past age 19.  He said he was a star football player for Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden who lived recklessly. Sometimes, he and his friends would sit around and fantasize about what it’d be like to make it to the second decade of their lives. But when he was imprisoned for murder and other offenses from an armed robbery in 1994, he realized the steep price of losing his freedom. And he wanted out. (via NJ.com)

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