Tag Archives: Library Commission

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission punts fine-free initiative amid Covid-19 uncertainty

The Library Commission pledged to keep working on its Fine-Free Libraries program Monday, with the understanding that it may take a year or more to win City Council’s approval due to the budgetary uncertainty caused by Covid-19.“I think there is…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Library is checking out whether to stop charging for overdue materials

The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system.The Austin Public Library stopped charging fees on overdue materials checked out for kids in 2018. Now the commission has created a…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

Tense meeting over arrest at library

The Library Commission heard impassioned testimony Monday night over the arrest last month of a 13-year-old girl at the Austin Public Library’s Carver branch.Activists showed up to the meeting at the Terrazas branch on Cesar Chavez Street to urge the…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Libraries plan to designate areas for petitioning

After a month of consultations with the Law Department over the language of the rules governing petitioning on library property, the Austin Public Library may have found a compromise.Instead of limiting petitioning to sidewalks surrounding the libraries, which groups have…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Will petitions be allowed on library property?

Since 2018 began, two individuals with IndyAustin who were gathering signatures for a CodeNEXT petition outside of Austin public libraries have been cited with criminal trespass warnings. Those citations have been rescinded as the city works to clarify their position on…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Good vibes

Worth getting up for… Sometimes in the course of covering events for the Austin Monitor there are moments when it seems like things are going to go off the rails. It happens pretty frequently during the public comment portion of…

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