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Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting the home of every first-grader in Baytown, Texas this Christmas. In an effort to get kids reading, librarians and school teachers, with the help of community members, have purchased thousands of Clifford books to be given away to the kids as gifts. The program is in its second year. More
For The Palm Beach Post, Frank Cerabino writes...
\"In March we\'re all supposed to be reading the same book. It\'s a fad: Seattle did it. Chicago did it. Now, Palm Beach County is going to do it. What book? We don\'t know yet. Of course, March is when the new Shady Palms story will run -- the serialized third installment of my novels set in a fictitious Boynton Beach condominium. But it would be graceless for me to pitch my own stuff.\" More
Inspired by that writer who dissed Oprah, today\'s Chicago Tribune has an article which looks at the supposed differences in men\'s and women\'s choice of books. The manager of reader services at a suburban PL is quoted.
Of course, the article was printed in the "WomanNews" section, so there probably weren\'t many men who saw it.
Now that reading has again become interesting to kids, Carol Schubert of the Appleton Classical Charter School is suggesting that children be introduced to other forms of literature, including the classics. She\'s compiled an
age-specific list of recommended titles. “Yes, Harry Potter is wonderful. Now look at what else is out there. They don’t just have to read the books that came out yesterday. Read books that have been around for awhile.\" More To visit the Appleton Classical Charter School\'s List of recommended reading, Click Here.
Nominations have closed for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The winner will be announced in May, 2002. Of the 123 nominees, 39 were writers from the U.S. The nominations are made by libraries throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year. Last year, the prize was won by Canadian author Alistair McLeod for \"No Great Mischief.\" This year\'s most popular nominee is Margaret Atwood\'s \"The Blind Assassin.\" More
To visit the IMPAC site, Click Here.
In a wave that seems to be sweeping the country, citizens of Auburn, NY have been asked to read the same book. The chosen title is, \"A Lesson Before Dying\" by Ernest Gaines. The objective of the program, according to the chairwoman is \"to get people talking about a common experience. This will bring individuals, who might not have ever had the opportunity to meet each other, together to share their feelings and come to know each other in a relatively neutral setting while talking about the same topic.\" Some other cities around the country who have started this type of program include Chicago, Seattle, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, and more. More
There\'s a new library program that\'s being promoted across the country. It involves children, books and dogs. The program is designed to strengthen children\'s reading skills by having them read aloud to man\'s best friend. More
The New York Times is reporting that the Dead Sea Scrolls are ready for publication. The announcement is supposed to be made today at the New York Public Library. According to the article, they don\'t prove, or negate, the existence of Christ. They do, however, provide insight into Jewish history. More
Publishers\' Page Of Shame.This is a collaborative list of new books purchased by Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.
They say publishers and others in the book industry ARE checking it and it is having an impact.
For The Mercury News, someone writes...
\"Of all the gifts I will buy this holiday season, none will be as rewarding as the gift of reading: a book for an underprivileged child. I\'ll never meet the kid who receives it. I won\'t be there when he turns the first page. And someone else will see him smile. But I know this much: I\'ll be smiling anyway. When you give a book to Gift of Reading, it doesn\'t just go under the Christmas tree with the toys. They go to reading programs at libraries, schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. These groups distribute the books to children. They also teach parents, some of whom barely can read themselves, how to read to their children. When you give the gift of reading, you also are helping to end the cycle of illiteracy.\" More