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Philadelphia Libraries Saved With Last-Minute Legislation

[Passed by a vote of 32 to 17][link], just days before they’d have been shut down (presumably) for good.

[link]: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog/index.cfm?srch=3&postid=952 “Free Library Blog”

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The Best Introductory Books

[A big list][link] compiled from [this Metafilter thread][mefi], entitled “What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?”

I have a feeling I will be revisiting it for many years.

[link]: http://www.septivium.com/b/2009/05/07/mefi/ “Septivium – Ask MetaFilter’s best introductory books”
[mefi]: http://ask.metafilter.com/71101/What-single-book-is-the-best-introduction-to-your-field-or-specialization-within-your-field-for-laypeople “ask.Metafilter: What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?”