Literacy

Seattle most literate US city: study

Seattle, the west coast haven of coffee, culture and the Arts has been named America's most literate city. A study put Seattle directly ahead of Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco in terms of literacy, which researchers said was critical to a city's long term economic and social success.

Researchers at Central Connecticut State University surveyed the literacy of 69 of America's largest cities in terms of newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and internet use. AP Has More.

Small libraries, big shock!

Journalist Mohammed Al-Jazairy says According to the latest statistics by UNESCO, on average, the individual Arab citizen spends no more than six minutes reading for pleasure per year! Moreover, the UNDP's Arab Development Report for 2003 revealed that every year, Spain alone translates more books than the Arab World in its entirety. Not only was the quantity of reading material on the decline but so was the quality, the report added.

Pennies help to earn leveled libraries

Internet says One Penny weighs 3.11 grams, and 1 pound=453.59237 grams, so the 13 million pennies saved by the kids at The Provo City School District in Utah must weigh about 90,000 pounds. The Pennies for Pages campaign aims to raise $10,000 for each of the 13 schools to start leveled reading libraries, which provide books appropriate to individual students' skill levels.So far, about $10,400 has been collected.

Book Week kicks off in Iran

The 13th Book Week of Iran which kicked off today focuses on the promotion of book reading, MNA said. According to Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi, the policy of the ministry previously focused on book publishing, but this year it focuses on book reading as the main element which would lead to more publications in the future.

OK you babies, crack those books

Can your baby or toddler distinguish patterns? Surely he or she can make comparisons, right? Or perhaps your youngster is just good at making a mess?

The latter could be a problem under a government proposal in Britain that would have children start training for school almost as soon as they leave the womb.

The initiative would require every nursery and every caregiver to teach newborns and toddlers an “Early Years Foundation Stage†curriculum beginning in 2008.
Cox News Service Has More

Never Too Early For Books

In an effort to encourage more parents of newborn babies to read to their children at an early age, the Redwood City, California, Public Library is giving all babies born at Sequoia Hospital their first library card.
CBS5.com Has More.

State in India to set up libraries in slums

Chief Minister Dharam Singh today launched ambitious project to set up libraries at the centres for continuing education in the slum areas of Bangalore, at Hampinagar in Binnypet Assembly constituency on Saturday. More.

Global Development: Raising Literacy Rates

GregS* writes "At TechCentralStation, John S. Gardner, former General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2005, offers 10 goals for the United Nations he feels are reachable by their 70th anniversary on 2015. #3: Raising literacy rates to 75%:

"Here's an idea: if a U.S. college graduate teaches children for two years in the developing world, will States agree to waive the normal teaching preparation courses and permit that person to enter into teaching once he or she returns home to the U.S.?""

Reading is important

sent by slashgirl: Interesting opinion piece on cbc.ca by Mary Ellen Lang about reading and how necessary it is. Find it here. Excerpt:

For years, studies have shown that the most significant therapy for young offenders is not Outward Bound camps, not psychological counselling, not tough love or family healing, but remedial reading.

...People who cannot read are surrounded with a culture that requires this skill at every turn. They are also surrounded by people who can make their way through all these unfathomable shapes and letter combinations with apparent ease. To say that non-readers suffer from feelings of acute frustration, anger and inadequacy would be an understatement.

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