Dolly's book-a-month program for kids expands in Tennessee - Thursday, 02/10/05

Anonymous Patron writes "Imagination Library, a national literacy program that provides free books to kids, was started nearly a decade ago by country music star Dolly Parton as a way to provide 60 children's books —at the pace of one a month — for every newborn in her native Sevier County.
The Tennessean has this article,
Dolly's book-a-month program for kids expands in Tennessee - Thursday, 02/10/05, as well as Program Details, and A Startup checklist Are they leaving libraries out in the cold?"


New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program License Plates

Anonymous Patron writes "New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program has 2 new license plates to benefit the Summer Reading Program. They decided to pass on the @ Your Library them and went with "Love Your Library" and "Read-Learn-Explore"
Sadly, LISNews logos were also overlooked."


Booktrust to expand 'Books for Babies' scheme

The Guardian Reports on Booktrust, the charity responsible for a raft of national reading programmes and literary prizes, including the National Children's Book Week, the Children's Laureate, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, today outlined its intention to expand its Bookstart 'Books for Babies' scheme over the coming year.


The Classics and the Working Class

Rob Lopresti writes "Everyone knows that uneducated bluecollar workers have no use for Shakespeare, the Iliad, or poetry. But is everyone right? Jonathan Rose argues, with plenty of evidence, that miners, mill workers, and servants have always had a fondness for such stuff. The most fascinating part of the article is the patronizing words of Marxists and the like who decided that the classics were bad for the workers. Full Story"


Impact of Computer Use on Reading Achievement of 15-year-olds? Depends!

The Canadian Department of Human Resources and Skills Development recently issued a report called Impact of Computer Use on Reading Achievement of 15-year-olds. The study seemed to find that using computers at home helped reading, but using computers in libraries might hurt:

"Multivariate analysis indicated that over and above family and individual characteristics,
only a few ICT variables obtained significant correlations with PISA reading scores. Home computer access was positively related with reading skills, but on the other hand, using computers often in libraries was negatively related. However, since 88% of 15-year olds had computers at home, the number of students relying exclusively on access in libraries is likely to be small."


Schools to blame for children who hate books

Anonymous Patron writes "This is London has one with a catchy title: Schools to blame for children who hate books They say The "unacceptable" failure of many schools to teach children to read properly is laid bare today in a damning report from education watchdog Ofsted.

Other reports on the study from The BBC and
The Ofsted report recommends that head teachers need to take a stronger lead on reading lessons, and teachers should have higher expectations of their children. They should also have firmer strategies to identify children's learning difficulties."


Quiz: Spelling is not child's play

Bob writes "I thought I was a fairly good speller, but evidently not. But who's checking the BBC:

Quiz: Spelling is not child's play. BBC One's Hard Spell, in which children compete to see whose spelling is best, may have reminded many people of their school days.



Hamlet' Too Hard? Try a Comic Book

The Christian Science Monitor brings us a story on another approach to get kids to read...the comic book.

Getting reluctant adolescents to read - anything - can be a boon to their discovery of the joy of reading, says Marilyn Reynolds, author of "I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers." But other experts, such as Diane Ravitch, a professor of education at New York University, says ""Once kids know how to read, there is no good reason to continue to use dumbed-down materials."

Proponents of the "let them read anything" theory suggest that reading comics and graphic novels is in fact reading , something that these kids might not otherwise do, and that it could be a bridge to more complex material.


TX License Plate Libraries Promotion

JET writes "You can show your support of Texas public libraries wherever you drive!

Show your support of public libraries by purchasing the Texas Reads specialty license plate. The proceeds of the sale of this plate fund grants for reading programs in Texas public libraries.

Illiteracy is still a major problem in Texas. Texas libraries, along with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is fighting illiteracy through outreach, tutoring, ESL and GED courses, and other programs that reach the entire community. Help our libraries do even more to improve literacy and to spread the joy of reading among Texans. When you buy a Texas Reads license plate, $22 of the $30 fee goes into the Texas Reads account. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission then makes grants available to public libraries for the purpose of implementing reading programs.

Just like regular or other specialty license plates for cars or light trucks, the Texas Reads plates are purchased from each county's tax assessor-collector. Expect your new plates to arrive at the county tax office in about two weeks. It's easy!

Public libraries are invited to apply for a Texas Reads grant. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will award $15,000 this year."

Daniel adds: "Sounds innovative, but I hope it augments funding instead of displacing funding. Now if people would just read traffic signs."

L.A. Addresses Low Literacy in a Multicultural County sends a "link to this Los Angeles Times article which talks about how half the working age residents of Los Angeles struggle with basic reading and writing

Some two million residents are unable to read a map, which puts them at the lowest end of the literacy scale. Another 1.5 million are unable to write a letter to complain to their local utility about a billing error.

Sometimes LISNews contributor Michael McGrorty responded with a letter to the editor (registration required) giving props to libraries.



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