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I Like Libraries

I just a got a hold cancellation notice from the SF Public Library. Oops. May bad. I forgot to pick up ChiRunning. Now I'll have to wait for my turn to come around again...that part sucks. There are a few other inconveniences:
  • The whole catalog isn't virtual*
  • You have to go to them (which, in the case of SF Public, means a BART ride)
  • Some are overwhelming to just stand in, they have so much stuff!
Now, some of the good things:
  • They have so.much.stuff!
  • Free movie rentals!
  • Language lessons!
  • They price, my friends, is right.**
  • It's easy to find older volumes on subjects...which is a major benefit over bookstores, both physical and online
  • People watching
  • Quiet
I've been to a few of the libraries around here and can tell you that I like most all of them. They are a public service that is at a crossroads (a few years into it, actually) - people use them less, so their funding is always scrutinized. So, how do we fix this? Start by using them more...it's those numbers that are the biggest keys to them getting the "big bucks". Sure Friends of the Library book purchases are good, as are donations if you can afford them, moneybags. I'm going to start working on my family to just GO.

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What's wrong with yr local library? Is the SF library that good, that it's worth the trip? Berkeley has a great library system too.
The local joint is okay. It's ummmm "quaint". Small...isn't even part of the Alameda Co. system. We keep it REAL, in Pleasanton. Danville's is AWESOME. I totally <3 Berkeley-Main.

SF-Main gives another excuse to visit the city regularly...and I'm a collector of those! If I were to get a job at SF Water, I'd be literally right across the street. They don't list that as a benefit on their Careers page. :)

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NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110327/163235937.html
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