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Journalistic snapshot of an ESL class in a Boston suburb from the Globe demonstrates the significance of libraries in teaching English to immigrants.
TransLibrarian writes "An Easy Reading Plaza is the number one hit in Dutch public libraries.An Easy Reading Plaza is a special area in the library for children with reading difficulties. Recently there is far more awareness of the problems that children with reading difficulties experience in later life when their reading abilities are not up to the levels required by modern society. Many local authorities therefore see an Easy Reading Plaza in their local library as a valuable contribution to tackling this problem. More on this subject on http://dutchlibraries.web-log.nl/"
Children with severe reading problems usually struggle for years before getting the help they need. But a growing number of neurologists and educators say that with the latest diagnostic tests, children at high risk for these problems can be identified in preschool and treated before they ever begin to read. More from the New York Times.
Adri writes "Oklahoma's literacy campaign Read Y'all has gotten AP headlines for its latest poster girl Carrie Underwood. Mind you plenty of folks are complaining about the use of Y'all in the campaign..." Well it beats the "Don't Read" campaign. But why do all these contrived efforts to be folksy remind me of that Appalachian State University video?
Florida students read aloud together for record books: Gov. Jeb Bush joined hundreds of thousands of Florida middle-school students Thursday to try to set a new world record for people reading aloud at the same time.
The Detroit Pistons are turning a tired Lansing school library into an attention-grabbing learning arena.
Lewton Elementary School will become the first school outside Metro Detroit to receive a specially designed "Live, Learn and Play Center" from the NBA franchise during a grand opening Tuesday.
But the room's transformation - with team colors, new technology and a basketball court corner - already has enticed little fans to reconsider reading.
In all, nine prominent Latinos shared their memories of public libraries Saturday at the San Antonio (Texas) Central Library during a program called " Testimonios: How the Library Changed My Life."
For architect Jose Garcia de Lara, the public library was an institution of higher learning. He said college was not part of his family, but he knew he wanted to be an architect. So he read every book he could find on architecture.
kctipton writes "Longtime librarian and library director Ronnie Wise is taking early retirement from his 30-year post in the Mississippi Delta and the LATimes is there to report on it (but free registration may be required to read the story, which is apparently a long Page 1 Feature).
How many have learned to read because of Wise? He lost count long ago. Hundreds, maybe thousands. He doesn't care. As director of libraries for Bolivar County, one of America's least literate places, where 41% of 40,000 residents can't read, Wise keeps his mind on what needs doing, not what's been done, which might be why he looks so cranky.
He glances out his office and spots someone headed toward Fiction, meaning another reader will soon discover the picklock words of Flannery O'Connor or Joseph Conrad, another person will soon escape the Delta, using one of Wise's libraries as the point of departure. Such is the hope, anyway, that's given shape to Wise's last 30 years.
It's a long time for anybody at one job, 30 years. For Wise it feels like 130, because he's spent most of it fighting arsonists, bureaucrats, censors, racists, tornadoes, apathy, poverty, thieves — and mold, that insidious green carpetbagger. He used to enjoy a good, clean fight, but less so lately. Lately, the hours have felt like days, the days like compressed eternities.
But eternity ends today. Come 5 o'clock, Wise is taking early retirement.
It's not a pretty story overall, how he busted his ass for 30 years begging for money and space for expanding the system, and how he used it extraordinarily wisely and effectively."
Starting on a six-city tour, the Revenge of the Book Eaters may (or may not) be coming to a theater near you (shows now through October in NYC, Chicago, LA, SF, Seattle and Ann Arbor). Stars of comedy (Jon Stewart), rock (David Byrne) and the literary world (Dave Eggers) will appear to help raise money for non-profit writing centers for children. The unique title of the show comes from a story written at a Brooklyn-based writing center by ten-year-old Rafaello Adler-Abramo.