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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Library opened by Mark Twain falls victim to austerity cuts (UK)

A British library opened more than a century ago by one of America's greatest writers is being closed because of austerity budget cuts. Kensal Rise public library, in north-west London, was unveiled in 1900 by Mark Twain while he was living in the city. He donated five of his own works to its initial collection, which had been established in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. But 112 years later - and days away from the Diamond Jubilee of Victoria's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II - the library is facing its end as part of spending cuts by the local council

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