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Trump’s Budget Plans Threaten Library Cut

To book readers everywhere, libraries are important. They provide a pressure-free environment for people to enjoy books and literature that isn’t present anywhere else. Sadly, however, libraries are under attack. For the fourth time during his presidency, Trump and his administration want to get rid of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  This choice is part of Trump’s 2021 budget that will push more funding towards military defense and NASA while cutting funds for social programs like Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the IMLS.

 

These cuts directly impact communities that revolve around their public spaces and social programs. In places like Cambria Heights in Queens, New York, this cut would remove the public library that serves as an educational space for the children who attended the nearby school.

Thankfully, Trump’s plans have not come to fruition. This is mainly because of pushback from library supporters and book readers alike. In the past three years, funding for libraries and the IMLS has actually continued to rise. This is quite exciting, but we can’t let people forget that libraries are an important part of every community. Like the president of the American Library Association (ALA), Wanda Brown, stated, libraries serve everyone in the community. “[The elimination of] federal funding for libraries [will eliminate] opportunities to serve veterans, upskill underemployed Americans, start and grow small businesses, teach our kids to read, and give greater access to people with print disabilities in our communities.”

 

Libraries are a necessity for the public and should be treated as such by the government. The ALA stresses that supporters of libraries and library services should email or contact their congressional representatives to ensure the future of libraries across the country. And don’t forget to visit your local library, check out some books, and enjoy the services provided.

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An Idaho Ruffian is Hiding Library Books Criticizing Trump

The librarians at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, public library usually spend most of their days helping patrons and doing the day-to-day upkeep of the library. However, they’ve recently had to play an elaborate game of hide-and-seek with one disgruntled patron who keeps hiding books critical of Donald Trump.

 

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Bette Ammon, the library director for Coeur d’Alene, said about 20 books have disappeared or been deliberately misplaced in the past year:

A gun rights book, we just found it last week behind the O’s in the fiction [section] on the bottom shelf behind a bunch of books.

 

 

This ruse apparently began last summer in 2018. Around that time, the librarians received a strange comment card:

 

I noticed a large volume of Books attacking our President. I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds. Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.

 

The author of that note probably wouldn’t be too happy now, though. The Coeur d’Alene library has had to reorder copies of certain books like Fire and Fury to meet demand. Often, librarians find the hidden copies in the library months or weeks later. But, since they’ve already bought the replacement, they just keep both.

 

 

Right now, we have three copies of Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. We only would have ever bought one…We have three copies of the April Ryan book and we would have only bought one of those.

 

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The librarians at Coeur d’Alene of course tried to get to the bottom of it. They tried putting up a web camera to catch the perpetrator in the act. But they quickly realized they had nowhere near enough time to comb through all the footage. One librarian flew his drone through the library to search for the misplaced books.

 

Those are only the tops of the stacks, so we couldn’t see the shelves down below, but it was kind of fun to do that.

 

Overall, Ammon wishes the perpetrator would just put this whole thing to rest. Instead of having to go on these wild goose chases every few weeks, she wishes the library could just be let alone to do its job: connecting readers with the books they want.

“People want to be able to read what they want to read and don’t want others to control them,” Ammon said.

 

 

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Trump Advisor’s Book to be Sold with ‘Fiction’ Warning

Peter Navarro, a trade advisor for the Trump administration, published Death by China in 2011, but now Navarro’s publishers are attaching an addendum to the book to warn readers it contains quotes from a made-up character.

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One of Navarro’s key sources used in Death by China has been outed as being fake. Navarro frequently cites a Harvard-trained economist named Ron Vara with a backstory that strangely parallels Navarro’s own life. You might also have noticed that “Ron Vara” is an anagram of “Navarro.” Well, turns out there is not Ron Vara and, in fact, Navarro frequently used the pseudonym to plug gaps in his book on economic policy and China. Navarro would often speak through Vara about the supposed dangers of Chinese imports:

Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cellphone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.

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Navarro responded to the controversy by saying that his use of a fake source was used as a “whimsical device” and “at no time was the character used improperly as a fact source.” Navarro has tried to play off his using Vara as a fun inside joke. His publisher, however, is a little bit more concerned. New editions of Death by China will have warnings attached to let readers know of the circumstances surrounding Navarro’s use of Ron Vara as a source.

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