Literacy

For the orthographically irked and grammatically grouchy amoung us . . .

From an article posted at AlterNet.org (no partisan politics involved in this one):

America, Corrected: Typo Vigilantes Check Spelling Coast to Coast

For centuries, travelers have crossed America to explore it, conquer it, settle it, exploit it and study it. Now, a small but righteous crew are traversing America in order to edit it. Jeff Deck, and his friends at the Typo Eradication Advancement League (Teal), are spending three months driving from San Francisco, California, to Somerville, Massachusetts, on a mission to correct every misspelled, poorly punctuated, sloppily phrased item of signage they encounter en route. Equipped with marker pens, stickers and white-out, they are seeking to scourge America's landscape of floating apostrophes, logic--defying syntax and other manifestations of laziness and/or illiteracy.

So, what do the signs say @ ure you're yure your library?

A Habit that Must not Die

The habit of reading to gain knowledge is dying fast but some librarians are determined to save it, News Watch Nigeria takes a look at the state of reading in Nigeria. On the reading habit of the average Nigerian student, Nwosu said many students are generally concerned how to pass their exams, rather than seek to acquire knowledge over a period of time. "Exam, the issue of how to pass it, is the pre-occupation of many students these days. But the truth is that you do not only need to read to pass, you also need to expand your view and broaden your knowledge base," he said.

Spanish, English coexist at Oregon libraries

Increasingly, the Ashland Public Library is becoming a place where the Navarretes and any family that wants to raise multilingual children can get help in those efforts.

Most Spanish-language and bilingual books used to be concentrated at Jackson County's main branch in Medford. But librarians are making more of an effort to make those books available countywide, said Perii Hauschild-Owen, a librarian in the Ashland Public Library's children's department.

Reading...a Topic of Controversy?

Since our RIF story stirred up so much interest and debate, I thought LISNewsterz might enjoy another story on that very hot topic.

Here's one woman's opinion on the subject of reading. The woman is Theodora J. Kalikow, President of the University of Maine at Farmington. She concludes, like her mother before her (who wouldn't let her bring Mad Magazine into the house), that "Reading is dangerous. But not reading is even more dangerous."

Bush Budget Would Eliminate RIF

And who doesn't love RIF? Since 1966, it's been a dynamic program providing books to underprivileged children and encouraging them to read; now its very existence is threatened.

According to Kevin Howell of Publishers Weekly, RIF's CEO and president Carol Rasco tells us that if Bush’s budget is approved, 4.6 million children will not receive 16 million free books in 2009. RIF has been funded by Congress and six Administrations without interruption since 1975. It is the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the U.S.

Here's the website to take action on this issue: RIF Support.

WWLauraD?

The Digital Divide And Skills

As some librarians worry about the digital divide between rich and poor they sometimes miss a key component of that. The digital divide leads to a divide in skill sets as well. Not only will someone on the short side lose out on technological access, but they will lack the skills needed to find, assess, and ultimately utilize information.

More from Science Daily.

Librarians on the streets to find common ground with book lovers

Striking Librarians in Victoria BC are spending a few hours this week and more next week walking the downtown streets, talking books to people. "We don't stop caring about literacy in Victoria because we can't be doing the jobs we love," Andersen said yesterday, as she walked downtown, asking people what they've been reading.

Australian Toddlers given free book in literacy bid

Good News For Some Youngsters In Australia: Victorian toddlers will be given a free book when they turn two in an effort to improve childhood literacy.

The $2.1 million Young Readers' Program, funded by the State Government, will give parents visiting Victoria's maternal and child health centres a book for their toddler. A literacy pack with a rhyme booklet and information on libraries will also be given to parents of four-month-old babies.

Experts say the initiative will raise basic education

Mini libraries are big success at UK schools

A Neat Idea From The UK: John Newby, regeneration assistant at Back on the Map, who organised the mini libraries, said: "Quick Reads are a fantastic way to encourage people to read, whether they just don't have the time, are out of the habit of reading, or are put off by the thought of picking up a longer book."

The Question Box- Internet for the Third World

How's this sound?

Press a button, ask a question, get an answer.

That's the simple idea behind The Question Box, a project out of UC Berkeley to place some form of Internet access to villages in Africa where Internet access simply doesn't exist.

More from Questionbox.org via BoingBoing.

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