White House Proposes Major Cuts to Library Funding: Critical Linking, February 14

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In its FY2019 budget released today, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The decision echoes the FY 2018 proposal, which also eliminated the grant-making agency and its programs. The administration’s budget also calls for elimination and/or severe cuts to many other federal programs that support libraries, including Innovative Approaches to Literacy, a Department of Education program.

Because who needs libraries? …


Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy are finalizing deals to star in The Kitchen, based on comic by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, published through DC’s Vertigo imprint. Andrea Berloff, who co-wrote Straight Outta Compton, is writing the screenplay and making the film her feature directing debut.

Yes, please!


On Sunday night, Oliver personally responded in the article’s comments section to those calling out the SCBWI for seemingly backing Asher. “Please understand that SCBWI can only take action on what has been reported. Two men have been reported — David Diaz and Jay Asher,” she wrote. “Both have been expelled from the SCBWI and are not welcome as members, faculty or speakers … There is a zero tolerance policy for harassment, there is a preponderance [of] powerful and respected women on our board, on our staff, and in our membership.”

The 13 Reasons Why author Jay Asher was expelled from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. TW: harassment.

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