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More recycling for Islington

Our recycling and black bags weren’t picked up on Friday, because of the snow.

But according to the Council website, they should be collected later today. The advice is that the recycling and refuse collections are running two days in arrears, with both refuse and recycling crews working over the weekend: all scheduled collections will be completed this week.

They also warn that further disruptions may occur next week if the snowfall on Monday is heavy.

Meanwhile once things are back to normal, there are two new recycling services coming from the council.

All Islington libraries now have facilities to recycle batteries up to 9v. Neat: two of my interests are recycling and libraries, and now I’ll be able to combine them!

And the food waste collection is being extended to restaurants.
It’s frustrating that Government targets for local councils are all about recycling domestic waste, when businesses produce lots of recyclable rubbish too. So I hope the trial of the scheme is a success and more food businesses take part.

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Another reason to love Obama

He’s a big fan of libraries!

Thanks to Stephen Abrams for the link.

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Library buildings around the world

The SirsiDynix calendar 2009 is now out, featuring library buildings from around the world.

Everyone has their own image of what libraries look like, but there’s an astonishing range out there; neo-classical, modernist, stream-lined, cosy, or opulent; something for everyone. A bit like the books they stock….

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Young poets prized in Islington

The Poetry Society is running a project to find the best young poets, and it’s coming to Islington.

The project, called SLAMbassadors UK, is open to 12-18 year olds, and covers rap as well as more traditional poetry. Twelve young poets will be selected to perform their pieces at a semi-final in February, with the chance to progress further in the competition.

There is a writing workshop from 5-7pm on Thursday 4 December and then poets will be recorded peforming their pieces on Sunday 7 December 2-4pm.

Both events are at Islington Central Library, on Holloway Road. Appropriately enough, the outside of the library is decorated with statues of great poets past including Spenser and Bacon. And both the library and the Society are Edwardian institutions. Islington Central Library celebrated its centenary in 2007, and the Poetry Society reaches its 100 next year. Now they’re both keen to be seen to be up to date.

For more information on SLAMbassadors UK, contact Geoff James at the Council, or Joelle Taylor at the Poetry Society.

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Islington’s liberal libraries save the day

Hackney libraries (Labour) have banned author Iain Sinclair from launching his latest book there, because he is critical of the London Olympics. Apparently controversy and debate are not welcome in Labour libraries.

Lib Dem Islington has saved the day, by offering him our borough’s libraries for his launch instead.

Hurrah for Islington. It’s particularly shameful that it’s libraries in Hackney that are being used for this crude political censorship.

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Sleeping in the library

Have you ever gone to sleep in a library?

Now people can stay in one, at the Library Hotel, New York (hat tip – On The Beat).

It’s not just that it’s near the New York Public Library . Or even that there are lots of books in the rooms. The rooms are broadly arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, with different rooms for different categories – from Advertising to Zoology. I’m not sure who decided that law gets a kingsize bed while economics rates a single….

The nearest thing to a concept hotel here in Islington is the Clink, a former law court converted to a youth hostel.

Definitely a bargain compared to some other London cells.

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Build paths, not barriers

From my professional life, here is a blog post about how libraries (bear with me) should approach the use of web 2.0 interactive technology. I’m sure there are some lessons here for my political friends too….

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