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Miami International Song Festival todo un éxito musical.
Miami se vistió de Gala para abrir sus puertas al Primer Festival Internacional de la Canción, el cual resultó ser todo un éxito musical. Los mejores cantautores del momento, de más de doce países, se reunieron en la Capital del Sol, para competir en una misma tarima, haciendo lucir sus voces y sus composiciones inéditas.
Entre las favoritas, la afamada chilena Carolina Soto, quien con su mágica y potente voz, obtuvo segundo lugar con el tema “Ahora” escrito por su compatriota el Dr. Alejandro Afani. Otro de los premiados fue el veterano Osvaldo Rodríguez, popular cantautor cubano quien se llevo dos trofeos, en composición y voz respectivamente y quien fue acogido con fuertes aplausos por la interpretación de su tema “Puesta de Sol”.
La sorpresa de la noche estuvo a cargo de un joven de solo 23 años, el español Juanjo López, originario de Lanzarote, Islas Canarias. El novato impresiono al público, con un estilo muy particular, fue comparado por muchos con Camilo Sesto o Rafael, reviviendo así la época en que los festivales hacían nacer nuevas estrellas. Juanjo arraso con los premios, Primer Lugar en voz, premio a la popularidad, otorgado por el público y Premio a la Mejor Canción con el tema “Vivo” del compositor cubano Alfonso Llorens.
Entre los expertos del jurado: Amaury Gutiérrez, quien presidio la votación, Malena Burke, Guillermo Albelo (creador del Festival Universong de Tenerife) y otros grandes de la música. -- Read More
BEIRUT, LEBANON: The Monnot Public Library just celebrated its first anniversary; a year dedicated to the promotion of reading among children. A textbook was released for the occasion, intended for librarians and teachers, “99 Recipes to Spice Up the Taste of Reading” (in Arabic I presume?).
The book aims at sharing a librarian’s experience with students. “I quickly realized that the sole presence of books wasn’t enough to get the pupils to read. The librarian plays a crucial role, [they are] the indispensable link between books and children,” explained Nawal Traboulsi, one of the authors.
But at first, it was difficult for her to find her place in the school’s hierarchy. “Librarians don’t have a defined role. They are neither teachers nor parents. Their relation with children is fundamentally different.”
Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Library users will also be able to enter the building and return and borrow books on a 24-hour basis using Easy Cards, a smartcard system used primarily to pay fares on Taipei's public transport system.
Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries. Story from Business Green.
The Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest surviving Christian Bible, dating from around 1,600 years ago. For all but 100 of those years, it sat in a monastery in Sinai.
800 pages of the book, written in Greek on parchment, are now available online for the world's perusal.
More on this story from the BBC site which includes an audio report about how the Codex was discovered and what it took to put it online.
Marcel Hatch writes: We've just launched the website for our second annual Librarians, Writers and Bibliophiles Havana Book Fair Tour from February 13 to 20, 2010.
The tour attracts friends of the written word from North America and beyond and reviews all aspects of Cuban libraries, and literary and cultural production. The Havana book fair is the most important in Latin America.
Read what other librarians say about the tour at http://MyCubaTour.com/librarians.php
This program is limited in size. Consider early registration in order to ensure your participation. The website is http://CubanAdventures.org
Cuba Education Tours has six other island programs for 2009 and 2010.
They are among the few learning and cultural tours to Cuba of interest and licensable for American librarians.
Elaborate itineraries and details are available at http://CubaFriends.com
The tours are open to all, however our August program is nearly full.
EDUCATORS Teachers Introduction to Cuba Tour from August 1 to 8, 2009 is a comprehensive look at the island's education system and includes many cultural components as well as a look at ecology in Cuba. It is a favorite with educators and their partners.
BOOMERS Elder Cuba Friendship Tour from November 20 to 29, 2009 crosses the island from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. It's ten days to really get to know Cuba and its people. It's geared to the boomer generation, but is also an occasion for family travel. -- Read More
The article is from May, but the discussion about the 'demise of books' is far from over.
From Times Online UK, writer Nicholas Clee [joint editor of the book industry newsletter BookBrunch and the author of Eclipse (Bantam Press)] examines the recent phenomena (e-books, the Espresso Book Machine, the closing of many traditional bookstores, etc). that has lead to what some may consider to be 'the decline and fall of books' (or 'tree books' as I like to call them).
Talk about bad taste.
The Bookseller (UK)reports that two large British bookstores, W H Smith and Tesco have both been criticised for promoting a book on Josef Fritzl in their Father's Day selections. WHS has apologised, while Tesco has now said it was a "mistake".
The Evening Standard reports that high street chain WHS apologised after shoppers at the Lewisham branch were shocked to see The Crimes of Josef Fritzl (Harper Element) in a Top 50 Books for Dad display. A spokeswoman for WH Smith apologised saying it was "a mistake by one store". She added: "It is not national policy. We will rectify this immediately."
Don't forget Dad this Father's Day...what are you getting him? A tree book? An audio book? A Kindle? Reading glasses? Give us your ideas.
A private member's bill has put forward at Queen's Park, home to the provincial legislature for the Canadian province of Ontario. The bill by Gerry Martiniuk is said to propose requiring Internet filtering at libraries in the province. The summary note prepared by staff at the provincial legislature discusses in simplified terms what the bill proposes. According to the status report on the bill, it has only had its first reading in the legislative process. Martiniuk's statement upon introducing the bill is available online.
The UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development announced recently the launch of the University of the People. In a quiet launch missed by some, the new institution will be a distance learning provider. As a new institution, it is presently working towards accreditation.