Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing

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A popular tune by Simon and Garfunkel written after John F. Kennedy's assassination and Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" will be among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.

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The Week in Radio: High times as babbling Russell Brand rolls with it

“I'm high as a kite,” declared Russell Brand breathlessly. “I've drunk a whole lot of caffeinated beverages to get me in the mood.”

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A Wisconsin man has been banned from 'all libraries on the face of the earth' after being charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behaviour and disorderly conduct.

Library book returned 69 years late due to damage caused during second world war

An elderly Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly because the library was damaged during a World War Two aerial bombing.

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£100 million revamp of Southbank Centre hailed as 'biggest step forward since the ‘60s'

London’s Southbank Centre is to bring its Festival Wing out of the 1960s and into the 21st century with a £100m overhaul that marks the “final piece in the jigsaw” in the transformation of the cultural venue.

Brother Benedict: Publisher who became a Cistercian Trappist monk

'My life here?' he wrote about Holy Cross Abbey, 'Silence intensifies, feelings deepen'

Again, again! That is the best way to learn to read

Familiar books help children retain new words, study says

Mansion tax: It always seems to work out that taxing the rich is pointless, doesn’t it?

If this is the politics of envy, you can count me in

'Harpurhey is not a hell hole': Manchester residents furious after BBC reality show's negative depiction of suburb

The makers of the BBC reality TV series People Like Us have been accused of bias and exploiting vulnerable locals by portraying a deprived Manchester suburb as a “hell hole”.

Will the next Pope face south or north?

Benedict failed to reform the Vatican, preferring to write his books

Danielle Steel is very popular in British libraries

Borrow or Steel? Romance writer Danielle Steel on UK-wide library '10 most-borrowed list' every year since records began

The American author holds the same place in the 'most-borrowed' list this year as she did in 1983 when the Public Lending Right chart started

Showing her funny side: British Library to release Virginia Woolf's last unpublished work

The British Library is to show the mischievous and comic side to Virginia Woolf, with the release of her last unpublished work later this year.

Many ancient manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba library in Timbuktu were destroyed by the Islamist fighters

Mali's religious scholars cunningly save ancient Islamic manuscripts from Salafist fighters in Timbuktu

The home of Dramane Maulvi Haidara is down a dusty alleyway of pot-holes with an open drain alongside. There, behind a heavy wooden door studded with metal in a dark, windowless room, lay a rich treasure trove that has been guarded with utmost care from a determined enemy.

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