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Heard Up North: A Japanese card game in Massena

Go to the Massena Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of any month, and you'll find teenagers dueling, Yu Gi Oh style. Yu Gi Oh is a trading card game based on Japanese anime cartoons. It's like a Dungeons and Dragons for a new generation. James Roscha sponsors the regular tournaments. He and one of his Yu Gi Oh proteges are the subjects of today's Heard Up North. Sarah Minor produced this story.  Go to full article
Kendall reads to canine pal Marcy at the Canton Free Library
Kendall reads to canine pal Marcy at the Canton Free Library

Lending a dog?s ear at story time

Trained dogs can detect bombs and help the physically challenged. Now, some educators say they're helping youngsters learn to read. Teachers and librarians say even though reading is difficult for some children, reading out loud, especially to dogs, helps build confidence. A group of therapy dogs in the North Country has been visiting local libraries as part of the "Read to a Dog" program. The volunteer canine corps brings dogs to the Canton Free Library a couple of times a month so children can practice reading out loud in a non-threatening environment. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Front view of Flower Memorial Library on Washington Street in Watertown.
Front view of Flower Memorial Library on Washington Street in Watertown.

Flower Library Gets Facelift

There is noise and congestion at Watertown's public library - but this time the librarians don't mind. The Flower Memorial Library - a landmark in Watertown - is undergoing renovation and restoration in the midst of its centennial year. Opened in 1905, the library was a gift to the city by Emma Flower Taylor, the daughter of ex-Governor Roswell P. Flower. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Under-funding Threatens Library Services

At an Assembly hearing on library aid, New York's education commissioner and librarians said public libraries are woefully under funded, and need more money to help New Yorker's compete in the global economy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Partisanship in Albany Squeezes Some Libraries

When Governor Pataki vetoed portions of the state legislature's budget, he rejected extra aid to libraries around the state. Under a deal struck to avert an override vote, Pataki has promised that libraries located in Republican Assembly districts will get their funding, but libraries in districts represented by Democrats, won't. That has libraries, and some of their patrons, upset. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Potsdam Takes Stand on Civil Liberties

The village of Potsdam became the first northern New York community to go on record against a controversial aspect of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which allows law enforcement agencies to secretly monitor the books library and bookstore patrons borrow or buy. Opponents of the resolution say it's not the village's role to criticize a federal law. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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