Bush's "Reading First" Program Ignored Ethics

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's READING FIRST program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money the way it wanted. The report in full is available in pdf: The Reading First Program's Grant Application Process. The Reading First Director [Chris Doherty] who made certain that the grant process was open to a very few made this statement:"Beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in a way that will stand up to any level of legal and [whole language] apologist scrutiny. Hit them over and over with definitive evidence that they are not SBRR, never have been and never will be. They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags." — [p.24]. More details here."

Children's Poet Laureate

kmccook writes "The NYTimes reports: The Poetry Foundation has named Jack Prelutsky its first children's poet laureate, in the hopes that the appointment will raise awareness of the genre and encourage more poets to write for children. Mr. Prelutsky, 66, is the author of more than 35 books, including "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, and Other Poems" (Greenwillow). Collectively his books and anthologies have sold more than a million copies."

Big assist: Pistons help renovate Lewton Elementary library

The Detroit Pistons are turning a tired Lansing school library into an attention-grabbing learning arena.

Lewton Elementary School will become the first school outside Metro Detroit to receive a specially designed "Live, Learn and Play Center" from the NBA franchise during a grand opening Tuesday.

But the room's transformation - with team colors, new technology and a basketball court corner - already has enticed little fans to reconsider reading.

Wyoming Librarian Complies With Readers Wishes

For some unknown reason, youth librarians are almost promising their patrons to eat something yucky, wear something outlandish, or do something wild to get the kids to read. This Wyoming librarian kept her promise and paid up.

Has anyone in your library done something equally--or even more--wacky to encourage young readers?


Children's Book of the Year Awards

Biblia, the Warrior writes "For those with an interest in Australian literature, the Australian Children's Book Council has announced the award winners for 2006 ..."


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."



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