25,000 books for the kids in NSW

Some Good News for the kids down in New South Wales. Truck loads of new books are to be delivered to NSW schools thanks to a joint fund-raising effort to put more than 25,000 books into their libraries.

About $190,000 has been raised for the Premier's Reading Challenge Books for Schools fund by donations from The Sun-Herald and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Not a single shop sells only children's books

A Report AT Ha'aretz Daily says Egypt's children can buy the affordable old books distributed by the governmental publishing house Dar Al Maaref, written over 50 years ago. "But they are so out of date and written in a language children find difficult to understand," complained Abul Magd in an interview with the Egyptian monthly, "Egypt Today." Children's literature is a painful subject that comes up each time a book fair is held in Egypt - and is dropped just as quickly. Thus, for example, only one session will be devoted to the subject of children's literature and its distribution problems in Arab countries, among the dozens of other discussions that will be held in the context of the fair.

Knitting and Mancala Bring Kids to Libraries

Just in case you're finding that budget stretched too tight to pay for some Xbox 360s, here's a pair of news articles about children attending library events featuring classic games and knitting sessions. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Library 2.0.


Newberry, Caldecott Winners Announced by ALA

ALA Announces 2006 Newbery, Caldecott Winners
Here is a list of the winners of the 2006 John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals, along with other award winners and honor books, announced today at the 2006 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio.


Newbery Medal:
Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins)

Newbery Honor Books:
Whittington, by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Random House)
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Show Way, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Caldecott Medal:
The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)

Caldecott Honor Books:
Rosa, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company)
Zen Shorts, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press)
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride, written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (An Anne Schwartz Book from Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Broward library introduces online storytelling

Redcardlibrarian writes "The Miami Herald reports:

"The Broward County Library system now offers a new feature, Online Story Time, on its website,

Online Story Time is an actual story available online in a streaming media format, according to a news release from the library system.

The first two stories are written and told by Lucia M. Gonzalez, Broward County Library's associate director for youth services. They are The Bossy Gallito (El Gallo de Bodas) and Senor Cat's Romance and other Favorite Latin American Stories.

The stories are told in English, and can be watched from any computer with Internet access. To view either version of Online Story Time, visit and click on the A-Z Directory in the right navigational bar. Then, scroll down to the letter O and select either story under Online Story Time."

The current story is Senor Cat's Romance "


Swearing's on the Increase -- Have you Noticed?

Back in 1930 when Freud's "Society and its Discontents" was published, profanity was seldomly used publicly, but when it was, it was used creatively. Nowadays it seems to be an everyday thing, sometimes an every-other-word thing....and especially among young people.

The Cincinnati Enquirer does an informal survey, including observations by librarians, teachers and students, most responding that parents and the media are to blame.

So watch that shhhhh might get a four-letter word back in response.


Library Bars Students w/o Adult After School

After trying several measures to deal with crowds of rowdy students after school, the Wickliffe Public Library (OH) decided that they would not admit kids under 14 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult, between the hours of 2:30-5:30 on weekdays.

Richard Zalecky, the library's clerk-treasurer, said that at times more than 100 children have been seen loitering inside the library or outside. Graffiti has been found on outside walls and inside restrooms, he said. Students have harassed patrons as they arrive or leave, he said.

"We had to escort some people out because they were afraid of the crowd," Zalecky said.

More, and mixed reaction here at the Akron Beacon

Proposal would give free books to children every month in Indiana

Senate Democrats announced an early education agenda this week that would give all Indiana children a free book each month, from the day they are born until they turn 5. The program is already offered in nine Indiana communities and more than 500 communities in 40 other states, including Tennessee, where the program was founded by singer Dolly Parton.

David Dotson, executive director of the Dollywood Foundation, said Imagination Library helps kids learn to love books before they even enter a classroom.

Little bookworms create their own school library

Peterborough Evening Telegraph - Peterborough,England,UK - Has a Nice Story on a group of school pupils are celebrating after helping to create a new library in their primary school. After a year of hard work to raise £8,000, staff and pupils at Matley Primary School kitted the brand new library with books and seating areas.

Having worked together to decide what should go in the library and how it could be put together, the children, aged up to 11, are now able to enjoy reading for pleasure in a comfortable environment.

Harry Potter Books Keep Kids Safe

British researchers report that they have found that the number of Muggle children visiting the emergency room in that country dropped by half on the summer weekends when new Harry Potter books were released. This study involved little magic. Gwilym and his colleagues reviewed the files of all children aged 7 to 15 (good reading ages) who attended their emergency department with musculoskeletal injuries over the summer months of a three-year period.

They then compared the number of emergency-room admissions on weekends a Harry Potter book had been released with admissions on surrounding weekends and on the same weekend in previous years.


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