NY Daily News gets handicapable Boy a Lib Card wites "A 9-year-old Bronx boy who is mentally and physically disabled was told he could not have a library card - because he cannot write his own name. Yesterday, after The News got involved, Public Library officials called to say Christian - any disabled child, in fact - is entitled to a library card of his own regardless of his ability to write his name.
"The staff made a mistake," said Susan Kent, director and chief executive of the NYPL's 85 branch libraries, who apologized repeatedly for the incident. "I am embarrassed. It is just a dreadful mistake."NY Daily News Has The Story"


Professor slams 'violent' books in Trinidad schools

Anonymous Patron writes "From Trinidad News, in Trinidad and Tobago , Professor Selwyn Cudjoe said on Saturday that the literature being used in schools is contributing to violence. In his speech, Prof Cudjoe said that development could not be measured in terms of income or wealth in terms of what kind of society we want to create by 2020 and asked the question how could our education system contribute to development.

He said, "Half the young people in schools are asked to read Shane, which is one of the violent books in American history. It perpetuates a culture of violence.""


Librarian wants books to be all about ‘me’

Anonymous Patron writes "One From on Gina Wilkerson’s campaign to donate personalized books to every kindergarten class in the 17 elementary schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District. Now she just has to convince local businesses to sign on to fund the project."


Sharp-eyed Student Corrects Textbook Error

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "It all started when Manish Kaushal, spotted something wrong with a whale in his textbook. The keenly observant third grade student realized that a picture of a whale was incorrectly identified as a humpback. Though his classroom teacher was skeptical, Manish pressed on. Another student, Amy Zahn, agreed to help. With Amy's assistance and a trip to the local library, he was proven right. With evidence of the error in hand, their teacher encouraged them to write the publisher Harcourt. The publisher agreed, saying that they were right and the mistake would be corrected in the next edition."


All together now, students, let's read 'Hug O War'

An Anonymous Patron writes " asp

Thousands of area students will speak in a single voice next month as they attempt to set a world record for the number of students reading aloud simultaneously.

At 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13, in classrooms throughout the region, the youngsters will read "Hug O War," a brief poem by the late Shel Silverstein.

The plan is to establish a Guinness world record, breaking the old mark set in 2000, when 3,701 British students read the poem "Word," by Patience Agbabi."


Pets on Parade

Featuring fifteen beloved pets of the children of Glenco IL, Pets on Parade managed to entertain the crowd during the last lazy days of August.

This was the third annual show sponsored by the Glenco Public Library.

Each child brought an animal and introduced the pet to their peers. Children's librarian Janet Hauser said the roster included medium-sized dogs, a bearded dragon, a gerbil and a quartet of hermit crabs. Children also learned a thing or two from their local animal control officer, who spoke on the subject of pet safety, maintenance and vaccinations.

Here's the link: Pioneer Press .

(Ed: where were the cats?)


DC Kids Benefit from Major Book Donation

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "Score one for literacy this week, as kids in the greater Washington DC area received a donation of 100,000 books. The books were donated by Verizon, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and First Book--a national nonprofit organization that provides children from low-income families with the chance to read and own their first new books. The books were distributed to groups from Washington, Maryland, and Virginia."


City Fights to Save Popular Children's Library

A popular children's reading library slated to close next month for financial reasons may be saved.

Coral Springs, Florida officials have devised a plan that would cover the West Atlantic Library's operating budget and lease while creating a city-county partnership that would make the library eligible for state grant money, according to Coral Springs Mayor Rhon Ernest-Jones. The city sent the proposal to Broward County Administrator Roger Desjarlais this week. Read More.


Girl Scout Builds a Library for Children with Disabilities

To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, an 18-year-old
Valhalla, NY High School student collected more than 1,000 books through donations to set up a children's library in her hometown at Easter Seals Project Explore, a center that offers a variety of programs to children with disabilities. Says Rea Davidson, the school nurse at Easter Seals, "I know the kids appreciate it when they open a book and begin reading and enjoying it. She's done a wonderful thing." Read More.



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