Dr. Andew Weil promotes National Book Week

Redcardlibrarian writes "Dr. Weil, on his website ( promotes the activity of reading has a healthy activity:

"Books are more than just educational. They serve as outlets for our fantasies, can be inspirational, motivational, or just relaxing - pretty much anything you want them to be! This is National Book Week - a time when we encourage you to turn off the TV and pick up a book. Visit your local library (if you do not have a borrower's card, call ahead and see what you need to bring), go to a bookstore (new or used), or ask a friend for a recommendation. You can even join a book club - a wonderful way to connect with others and learn from their perspectives. Many coffee shops and bookstores have postings for book clubs that delve into almost any topic.""


Gorman Reacts To Declining Literacy Rates

stevenj writes "Several metropolitan papers offer an article today about the national data released on Dec. 16, 2005 that reported a serious decline in college students' literacy skills. Those who like to follow what ALA President Michael Gorman says to the press may want to see what he had to say, as one of the "experts" who was asked to react to the decline in literacy rates. One of his quotes: "It's appalling; it's really astounding. Only 31 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it. That's not saying much for the remainder.". This one from the Pittsburgh Gazette was slightly longer than others. Read it at:"

Libraries often 1st step to success

The Republican - Springfield,MA says when it comes to learning English, the public library is essential. Libraries are one of the first places new immigrants visit in their search for information and a way to learn about the language and culture, says Jonas Barrientos, 54, a local English teacher for foreigners.

Barrientos has taught English for Speakers of Other Languages at the West Springfield Public Library for the past 13 years, and teaches English at the Westfield Athenaeum as well.

Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century

kathleen writes ""A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century".
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) measures the English literacy of America's adults (people age 16 and older living in households and prisons). NAAL builds on the previous national assessment of literacy completed in 1992. The 2003 assessment defines literacy as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential. Results are reported in terms of scale score averages and literacy levels on three literacy scales: prose, document, and quantitative.
Complete report available here

Washington, DC . In response to the release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) earlier today, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) called for a greater emphasis to be placed on functional literacy. The NAAL study found that tens of millions of adult Americans are not functionally literate, meaning they can't read at a level that would allow them to perform such basic tasks as complete a job application, use the internet, or read a bedtime story to a child."


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


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