These tips might make your son a reader

A recent Miami Herald story lists 8 tips on jump-starting your reluctant male reader, but begins with possibly the best tip of all:

Parents of boys may have heard that raising an eager reader isn't easy. In spite of stereotypes that suggest boys are less likely than girls to be engaged readers, literacy experts suggest this doesn't have to be the case.
In fact, according to William G. Brozo, Ph.D., professor of literacy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., these stereotypes can interfere with the ability of boys to develop a lifelong love of reading. And he urges parents not to adopt what he describes a potentially "self-fulfilling prophecy."


A Teen's Love of Books Results in a Literary Quilt

Chelsea Gerhard, of Matthews NC, created an Authors' Quilt for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Her presentation, titled "Write Me a Quilt," tells about the authors who contributed squares to her quilt as well as advice on contacting favorite authors.

Determined and persistent, Chelsea heard back from Laura Numeroff, Lemony Snickett, Beverly Cleary, Clive Barker and first lady Laura Bush. Chelsea says, "I've already received my Gold Award, but I want to take this quilt as far as I can. I hope to be a librarian, and I plan to continue doing programs with the quilt," Chelsea said. Story from the Charlotte Observer .


Canadian School Board cautious on controversial book

Canada's biggest school board is considering a report that would allow Grade 6 students free access in school to a controversial children's book on conflict in the Middle East.

But Grade 4 and 5 students at the Toronto District School Board would need a note certifying their parents are aware they're reading the book, Three Wishes, before they would be allowed to check it out of the library.

Marsalis Is Bringing Books Home to the Big Easy

Ellis L. Marsalis III, author, photographer and brother of Wynton and Branford, is organizing an effort to provide books to a library at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, LA. Now a resident of Baltimore, Marsalis plans on driving a truck full of books to New Orleans, leaving this weekend. He also plans to help bring a computerized circulation system, shelves and other material to rebuild the school's library.


Queens Library program aims to reduce fines, increase reading

This was reported on the NYLINE discussion list by JoAnne King of Queens Library:

Queens Library's "Read Away Your Fines" program helps young customers
restore borrowing privileges when their library accounts have been
frozen due to fines and fees. It's not amnesty; it's "Read Away Your

To learn more, go to

ABC News, where the story was covered this week.


Words of caution Parents, librarians often at odds over books for teens

The Kalamazoo Gazette has an article on the gritty topics explored in today's young-adult literature that have made those books more popular among teenagers and more controversial for parents. Some librarians say they pick teen books based on reviews and the awards the books have won, without worrying about parental objections -- a stance endorsed by the American Library Association.

Still, librarians try to address parental concerns in other ways.

How to Challenge a Book

Anonymous Patron writes "How to challenge a book: The Richmond (VA)Times Dispatch has a suprisingly long look at Henrico County schools policies on books. The Richmond, Hanover County and Chesterfield County school systems offer parents procedures to challenge books and other reading material. In most cases, school officials say, the challenges are handled at the school level before progressing to a school-system committee.Before challenging a work, they say, parents should read it entirely and try not to impose their own views on what children read. "The greatest gift they could give their child is to give them to the freedom to think," she said, "and the only way they can do that is to give them the freedom to read.""


Libraries attract latchkey kids with activities, programs

The Post and Courier (Charleston,SC) has a report on the main branch of the Charleston County Library and their "latchkey" children that flood in after school. Some do their homework, like Christina Brown, 12, who on a recent day sat on the steps to finish her French while waiting for her father, and Brittany Latten, also a sixth-grader, who researched a social studies project on a computer in the children's area.

Others, such as fifth-grade pals Louisa Hopkins and Sophie Greene, gather in a group outside to pass the time.

Coached on safety issues, the youngsters mainly keep to themselves and stay in groups. They know exactly what time to expect their rides home.

Libraries aren't day-care centers

The Fort Wayne News Sentinel Looks At the staffers at the Allen County Public Library who are expressing concerns for the safety of children left alone, sometimes even without a way to get home. Security staff recorded an estimated 81 incidences last year systemwide in which a child was left unattended for several hours or was at the library at closing time without a parent or a way home. John Hidy, security services manager for the library system, said, to his recollection, that represents a slight increase from previous years though he doesn't have any numbers before 2005.

The library branch is a great resource, but as with any public place, predators can hang out,he said. We're very fortunate that we haven't had any serious incidents.

Reinventing libraries in CA

Reinventing libraries is an article from the Sacramento Bee that takes a look at the innovations in school libraries that set stage for online research but also bring uncertainties. The Rio Linda Union School District is expanding their libraries, and they say it's a bold investment in libraries, particularly as library programs from other districts sometimes face the chopping block when budgets tighten.Rio Linda Union's library media centers may be steps ahead of other districts' programs, but Rio Linda is still wrestling with the debate familiar to other districts over how best to integrate online education with book learning.


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