Illinois State shelves free-book program

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."


Carolina School Kids Get a Book For the Holidays

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 .


A half-mile line of schoolkids moves books to new Grosse Pointe Park library

I just love stories like this. "A half-mile line of schoolkids moves books to new Grosse Pointe Park library" About 1,000 Grosse Pointe Park, MI, schoolchildren lined the city's streets on Tuesday, passing books hand over hand to celebrate the opening of the new library."I could read books all day," the sixth-grader said after passing his last book.

No pictures though!


Author Michael Morpurgo: Instilling a joy of reading

Anonymous Patron writes "BBC News has a bit more on the Ofsted report. Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo says instilling a "joy of reading" in young children would help address a widening gap in primary school reading standards.

The award-winning author of more than 60 children's books made his comments after education inspectors said "urgent action" was needed to close the gap."


Calif 1st Lady Promoting New Reading Program for Children to Schools

A couple stories from on Maria Shriver who visited a Sacramento elementary school Thursday afternoon to promote a new reading program, and while there sat down for a one-on-one interview with KCRA 3's David Beinick. Sacramento Bee and have more.


Library X-mas Tree Helps Abused Kids - Again sends this holiday heartwarmer from Illinois about a Christmas tree at the Morris Library that is used to raise moneny for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

The program asks for monetary donations that will be given to the women's shelters in the name of each child. This is the third year Morris Library has housed the tree. Last year, the charitable effort raised $5,000 -- a goal (Representative Glenn)Poshard wants to see surpassed this season."This is something we can not give these children without your help," Poshard said.

"Harvest of Books" a Thanksgiving Treat for Kids

In Lincoln Nebraska, children in the first and second grade are giving thanks a couple of days early...for the gift of books given to them by The Harvest of Books, an annual tradition since 1996.

Children bounced up and down. Some clapped. Some gasped and squealed with delight. And all of them had trouble waiting for their turn to stop at the book tables and pick out the three books that would soon become their own. Story from the Lincoln Journal Star .


Shushing Contest Brings an End to Children's Book Week

Fun idea for the end of Children's Book week in Albany, Oregon...a shushing contest @ the library. Stories, puppet shows and other activities were also part of the celebration. A brother and sister (of course) tried to outdo one another in the shushing department, but you'll have to read the article to see the outcome.


Orange Co. (FL) Libraries Ban Lone Adults from Kids' Sections

In attempt to make their children's areas more safe, Orange County (FL) libraries are no longer allowing adults without children to loiter in its children's area. While adults will be able to select materials, they will not be allowed to loiter. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) says they think that this is one of the first official policies of its kind, but anticipate that more libaries will follow suit. More here from the Herald Tribune.


National Children's Book Week

National Children's Book Week has arrived and with it

  • a children's book drive is held in North Carolina
  • pairing athletes and kids books in Virginia
  • ELL 8th graders (English language learners) read to kindergarteners in either English or Spanish in Iowa
  • In Oregon children are enjoying their own reading group and practicing reading aloud.

    Children's Book Week is observed from Nov. 15 to 21. This is the 85th year for the annual observance. What's your library doing?

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