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Maine state representative, Randy Hotham, R-Dixfield, has introduced a bill that would require every municipal public library in Maine, as well the Maine State Library, the Legislature's law library and all libraries operated by the University of Maine System and Maine Maritime Academy to make circulation records of juveniles available to parents, upon written request.
Not surprisingly, librarians, civil libertarians and other legislators are less than thrilled.
"I respect the rights of parents. I also respect the rights and privileges of our children," state Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop, told the committee. "I do not believe it serves any good purpose to create apprehension in the minds of our young people that they may be reading the wrong book or looking at the wrong pictures."
More here from MaineToday.com
Chauni Haslet, who has owned All For Kids Books in Seattle, WA for the past twenty-two years is celebrating her sixtieth birthday by organizing a celebration of children's book authors around her hometown. Sixty-six authors (including Jack Prelutsky, Peg Kehret, Deb Caletti and Karen Cushman) will read in branches of the SPL as a gift to the birthday girl...and the icing on the cake--she's donating all store sales proceeds from that day to the Seattle Public Library Foundation.
This article from the Seattle Times also discusses trends in childrens literature and bookselling.
Anonymous Patron writes "Here's One from The Yorkshire Post on Pamela Harrison who believes authors like Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling â€“ writer of the Harry Potter books â€“ are helping win back pupils to the love of reading.
She said: "I think modern authors are helping turn this for us. Children are excited about reading, it feeds their imagination."
JET sent over One From The BEEB on little Maisie Nichols, of Garston, Merseyside, who was registered for her library card at Lee Valley Library by her grandmother. She is believed to be among the world's youngest bookworms after she was registered at a library when she was just 50 minutes old. I'll try to have my first born signed up in 30 minutes!
Anonymous Patron writes "One From The Patriot-News, in Pennsylvania, on A tractor-trailer load of children's books that found new life yesterday on the floor of the Lebanon County Christian Ministries warehouse. Until recently the 52,000 books were headed for a shredder at Arnold Logistics, part of 15 million books Arnold destroys every year for publisher Simon & Schuster.
Now most of the books are likely to end up in the homes of Lebanon County children who might not have been able to buy the books."
Anonymous Patron shares "this story from Monterey County Herald (CA) in which Salinas-area students talk about the impending loss of their neighborhood libraries. One high school sophomore,
Jonathan Altamirano decided to volunteer after he found out that the library might close. He said he has gone there since he was in elementary school, and wanted to do anything to help.
"They do need the support," he said. "We're part of this community, so we know (the closure) will affect us."
East Salinas, according to the story, has a "relatively large population of young people....According to the 2000 Census, 38 percent of East Salinas residents are age 18 and younger."
twistedlibrarian writes "CHARLTON â€” Children at Above and Beyond After School Daycare have learned valuable lessons the last few months, profiting the townâ€™s library.
Nearly 50 children enrolled at the center raised money in a variety of ways in an effort to help out the Charlton Public Library as it continues to work toward expanding.
Childrenâ€™s Librarian Dottie Doyle was on hand yesterday to receive a $1,000 check presented by children from the daycare who began raising the money in October.
Anonymous Patron writes "Sad News from IL. Santa Claus may bring books to your kids this holiday season, but Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't.
His administration quietly dropped plans to partner with a Tennessee foundation to offer free, age-appropriate books to Illinois children younger than 5. The "Imagination Libraries" program was estimated to cost the state $26 million per year if all eligible children were signed up for monthly mailings. First-year costs were projected at a smaller amount, at least $5 million."
Even though it seems harder to accomplish every year, children in the Hardeeville area of coastal South Carolina are taking home books as gifts from residents of a local retirement community.
Nice story, but I was struck by something in a paragraph later in the story about the books "being separated into piles of grade, gender and even ethnicity." What gives? Low Country Now .