New Britain Public Library Sponsors Children's War

Anonymous Patron writes "The New Britain Public Library, a Library Connection consortium member, sponsors a water gun and baloon fight on the library lawn. The Connecticut city library where English is not the primary language spoken in school children's homes has found a way to bridge the communication gap. The New Britain Herald reports"


More Info on "Bad Toys" @ Your Library

Following up on yesterday's news, The News Register (OR), the Post-Crescent (WI) and The Dispatch (NC) have additional information and images of the recalled bendable toys distributed to libraries around the country as reading program incentives. Manufactured by Highsmith the toys were distributed to thirty-six states (Update: 08/11 12:39 GMT reported by the NJ Courier News as forty-one states...), and perhaps hundreds of libraries.

Did your library have them?


Encouraging Reading With Dogs...and Cats

Most pets thrive on attention, and kids do too, which is why they make a perfect team for youngsters learning to read. This article is about R.E.A.D. -- Reading Education Assistance Dogs, a division of the mid-Atlantic organization, PAWS for People .

What happens? Kids read to animals. Think about it: Dogs won't laugh if you stutter. They won't correct a mispronounced word. Their loyal attention makes children feel supported as they practice reading. And recently, two cats, including three-legged Luke have been welcomed to join the READ team.

ImaginOn Offers MySpace Class to Parents

The ImaginOn library/mutli-use facility is offering MySpace classes for parents, taught by librarian Matt Gullett.

ImaginOn has its own MySpace account, set up to inform teens how to stay safe. It recommends that teens keep detailed information private, use an alias, avoid online flirting and to trust their gut feelings.

More here from News14 Carolina


Pervert in Cary, NC library assaults boy.

mdoneil writes "Some scumbag exposed himself to a child in the Cary, NC library. The temporarily unarrested sex offender touched the boy while he was in the toilet. The Cary library director when interviewed by the local news media about the event made soms stupid comment about freedom to read. The library is not going to make any changes in its security. Parents beware the Cary, NC library tolerates sex offenders in the name of patron privacy."


A child looks at children's books

From CNN: When adults review children's books, they often focus on the simplicity of the language. Or the beauty of the artwork. Or the appropriateness of the subject matter.

A child might be excited by something else -- say, the hygiene habits of a grape. Or the ability of a story about a squirrel and a shark to conform to real life.

And sometimes, to borrow from Art Linkletter, kids say the darndest things.

With that in mind, asked 6-year-old Andrew Oglesby, son of staffer Christy Oglesby, for his take on a handful of recently published children's books. Here are Master Oglesby's edited comments.

Video games -- or books?

From an opinion column:
During the lazy, long, hot days of summer, which activity would you rather see your son or daughter engaged in -- playing a video game or reading a book?

A silly question, right? After all, nearly every parent will say, "Reading a book." But whether that's truly the better activity depends on what book your child is reading. And as I've told readers of this column before, plenty of books designed for today's pre-teens and teenagers undermine the traditional moral values most parents struggle to teach their children.

This time of year, kids of all ages come home with the oft-dreaded Summer Reading List from which they make their choices. Many of the lists are created from the recommended reading lists of the American Library Association. Opinion column continued here.


What boys want: books with action

The Richmond Times Dispatch Says a growing number of action-based books that are getting boys, who tend to be more reluctant to read than girls, turning pages for fun."Because they're still in school and have to read so many books for requirements, it's hard for them to understand that they can read a book for pleasure," said Kelly Kyle, owner of Narnia Children's Books.

Children ditch books and switch on internet

In The United Kingdom children are reading books for pleasure as they ditch the traditional after-school activities in favour of going online, according to a study. The Schools Health Education Unit interviewed nearly 500,000 pupils aged between ten and 15 from across the UK for the study. It showed boys were more likely to play computer games than girls, and a "significant" proportion admitted doing so the night before the survey was carried out. More At

Precocious Child Prodigies - Pros & Cons

search-engines-web writes "They achieve these great things but there's a significant physiological and emotional effect on their lives." Dr Goldberg warns that while some gifted young people simply burn out and drop out, others go on to suffer mental health problems associated with a lack of self-worth if they fail to achieve. Read the full article from the BBC.



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