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. 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 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.


First Lady 'checks out' four libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Reporters never pass up a good pun for library headlines. Sioux City Journal reports Iowa's first lady, Christie Vilsack, says she's visited 460 libraries so far. By the end of Thursday, the first lady would still have about 125 Iowa libraries to visit in her quest to promote literacy. She has a little more than a year to get it done.

If Thursday were any indication, she'll make her goal."


Purdue Creates Nation's First Information Literacy Endowed Chair

Jay writes "Information literacy is crucial and critical in the educational process of all our students in any academic environment. Purdue University has recognized it by announcing nation's first Endowed Chair.

"The university will use a $2.5 million gift it received from Wayne Booker, former vice chairman of the Ford Motor Co. Purdue says students need to understand how to conduct research and how to evaluate the search results."

Read the full article atPurdue Creates Nation's First Information Literacy Endowed Chair."

What's Wrong With Libraries?

Anonymous Patron writes "What's Wrong With Libraries? A reaction to comments from Chris Travers, CEO of; lamenting the passing of literacy"


New Orleans book project struggles

Hurricane Katrina has made an inner-city book project an even greater story of defying the odds.
MSNBC Covers the Neighborhood Story Project, started a year ago by New Orleans high school teachers Abram Himelstein and Rachel Breunlin. Five student books were published in June by the neighborhood project and have been a great local success.


Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha: Floating On The Information Super Riverway

Financial from Bangladesh, has a report on Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a non-governmental organisation in Bangladesh, for its pioneering approach to bridging the digital divide and its commitment to providing free public access to computers and the Internet, said a press release.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its 2005 Access to Learning Award of US$1 million to Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha.According to the sources, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha provides educational services, access to technology and computer training to poor communities in a northern Bangladesh watershed through the use of indigenous boats converted into mobile libraries, schools and the Mobile Internet Educational Units on Boats programme.


Improprieties in Pres. Bush's "Reading First" Program?

One of Bush's signature education initiatives, Reading First provides more than $1 billion annually to public schools to help teach reading to disadvantaged children through third grade. Unprecedented in size, it is one of the few federal programs that isn't shrinking in this time of budget cuts. Congress is expected to distribute about $6 billion to schools by 2007.

A spokesman for Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., confirmed that an audit was taking place, opponents saying that the program has all but forced schools to buy textbooks and related materials from a handful of large publishers, several of which have retained top federal advisers as authors, editors or consultants. Gannett News Service story here .



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