Pupils make more progress in 3Rs 'without aid of computers'

Thomas Fuchs and Ludger Wossmann of Munich University have a new study out that claims to show The less pupils use computers at school and at home, the better they do in international tests of literacy and maths. This Telegraph Article has more, as does So Does /.. The study, published by the Royal Economic Society, said: "Despite numerous claims by politicians and software vendors to the contrary, the evidence so far suggests that computer use in schools does not seem to contribute substantially to students' learning of basic skills such as maths or reading."

I *think* This Page has the study. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

"Holding the other family-background characteristics constant,
students perform significantly worse if they have computers at home. This may reflect the fact
that computers at home may actually distract students from learning, both because learning
with the help of computers may not be the most efficient way of learning and because
computers can be used for other aims than learning."


Seniors and Youngsters Read Together

AshtabulaGuy writes "Mark Todd wrote recently in The Star Beacon about an Easter program held at the county-adminsitered Ashtabula County Nursing Home. Elder residents of the community participated in a program that had some public reading of stories to youngsters who participated in the co-located and privately operated Kids Only Learning Center daycare program. Both ends of the human age spectrum were represented at a unique event that had storytime featured in one part."


Maine Bill on Juvenile Library Confidentiality Rankles Many

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."

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Children's Bookstore Owner Spreads the Joy to Libraries

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.


Teacher says modern authors help win over reluctant child readers

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's One from The Yorkshire Post on Pamela Harrison who believes authors like Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling – writer of the Harry Potter books – 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."


World's youngest library card holder at 50 minutes old!

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!


Load of books saved for kids

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."


Students Fear Loss of Libraries

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."


Kids donate to the library

twistedlibrarian writes "CHARLTON — Children at Above and Beyond After School Daycare have learned valuable lessons the last few months, profiting the town’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.

Children’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.

Southbridge Evening News "


Gay Warning Over Kid Video

Groups issue gay alert warning over a children's music video starring SpongeBob SquarePants, Barney and a host of other cartoon favorites. Read all about it."



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