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Read U.S. Election News Coverage Around the World

U.S. newspapers themselves made news on the day after Barack Obama’s election when copies sold out around the country, bought by Americans who wanted keepsakes. AU community members who want to read what the world’s newspapers said about the U.S. presidential election can log on to the library’s Newspaper Direct/Press Display here.

Newspaper Direct features front page news, headlines, and stories from newspapers around the world. A click on a country name will bring up front pages from the newspapers of that country. Pull up France’s La Liberation, for instance, and you’ll see that the newspaper called the U.S. election “An American Dream” and described John McCain’s concession speech as an “elegant homage” to Obama.

For additional information about using Newspaper Direct/Press Display, contact the Reference Desk at Bender Library.

Year 13: Food for Fines 2008

Since Thanksgiving 1995 the AU Library has provided food for needy people and simultaneously offered “forgiveness” for library fines. This year the Capital Area food Bank’s Kids Café is the designated recipient of AU donations.

Kids Café serves meals and snacks to over 1,800 children a day in the D. C. metro area.

Food for Fines runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. Library patrons who want to pay their AU library fines with food, can bring canned or dried foods from the accepted foods list below. Only food from the list will be accepted. Up to $20 in AU Library fines can be forgiven with food donations.

Foods Accepted for Fines:


  • 1 can, 8 oz. or larger = $1—fruits (preferably without corn syrup), vegetables, pasta (esp. ravioli), soups (esp. chicken noodle and tomato)
  • 1 can, 6 oz or larger = $1—tuna, canned chicken

Boxed or Dry

  • 1 box, 7 oz or larger = $1—rice dishes
  • 32 oz bag = $1—plain rice
  • 1 box, 7.25 oz or larger = $1—mac and cheese
  • 1 box, 6 ct or more = $4—granola or cereal bars
  • 1 box, 10 ct or more = $3—oatmeal packets
  • 1 jar, 18 oz or larger = $4—peanut butter (without hydrogenated oils or trans fats preferred)

Matthew Smith contributed to this article.