Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ga. Library to Bring Back Spanish Fiction. A Librarian at the Kitchen Table. No. 374.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Faced with public protests, the public library board in a county with a large Hispanic population is expected to restore the funding it cut for Spanish-language fiction.

Trustees of the Gwinnett County Public Library will meet Wednesday to ratify the decision before the library's budget year begins July 1, officials said.
The board’s decision to cut $3,000 for Spanish translations of popular books at a meeting earlier this month received attention in newspapers across the country.
In the week following the news, board members have received letters and e-mails from as far away as California and New Zealand from writers, professors and editors.

Beni Dakar expresses concern about Gwinnett County:

What do the dates May 10, 1933 and June 12, 2006 have in common? They are both poignant dates for those who love books and democracy.

On May 10, 1933, the Nazis began their infamous ‘book burnings’ and set ablaze over 25,000 library books by Jewish intellectuals and other authors who threatened their misguided Aryan beliefs.

On June 12, 2006, the Gwinnett County library board decided to reduce to ashes the career of Jo Ann Pinder, Gwinnett County public library executive director, because her confidence and vision threatened the close-minded, meddling and misguided Gwinnett County library board.

No comments: