Noel Coward Reveals Bankruptcy of Library’s Book Collection Policy

In 2013 I was in the public library in Youngstown, Ohio, noticing something that would surprise any regular user of Pima County Public Library (PCPL) – old books. Specifically, in this case, several old books by the popular British playwright Noel Coward, including multiple copies of his celebrated play, “Blithe Spirit.” At that time I …

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My Not So Merry Correspondence with our Public Library; or, Virtue Unrewarded

January 23, 2018 Dear Devoted Reader, For a number of years now I have been describing and protesting the intentional degradation of Pima County Public Library as a library (that is, a place that should first and foremost have a variety of books and magazines, as opposed to a place that has meeting rooms, “entrepreneurial …

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Are Billionaire Foundations Dumbing Down Our Public Library?

Illustration showing logo of the Gates Foundation poised above that of the Pima County Public Library

It all started innocently enough. I and some other members of the Tucson Chapter of the National Writers Union had been noticing that books which we’d been intending to or had already read — written by some very established international and “mid-list” literary authors — were disappearing from our public library’s shelves to, it seemed, …

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On Pima County Public Library’s discarded books policy

Pima County Public Library logo

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Our views vary from incensed to concerned at the Occupied Tucson Citizen regarding Pima County Public Library (PCPL) policies on aggressively selling books that are not regularly checked out. But we all agree that libraries must be repositories of knowledge first and foremost, and not merely repositories of popular culture. There are …

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Has our library made a deal with the corporate devil?

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OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN With much fanfare Pima County Public Library (PCPL) announced last year that its patrons can now download a limited selection of books for use on Amazon.com’s Kindle e-readers. There’s just one catch: Amazon will keep track of what you are reading, when you are reading it, and will keep any notes you …

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