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February was Black History Month and students at the Mount Vernon NY Edward Williams Elementary School, which is 97% black, were assigned to do reports on their own personal African-American heroes. They ran to the school library looking for biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Josephine Baker, Alex Haley, Ossie Davis, Rosa Parks even...none were available.
Apart from two books on Frederick Douglass and Duke Ellington, which were quickly grabbed up by students, the only book remaining was "Negro Pioneers" published in 1967. Story here from the New York Times.
Here's an editorial from the Juneau Empire supporting Alaska Senate Bill 269 which would give parents the right to see their minor children's library records. According to the commentator, the bill arose not out of a desire for parents to snoop, but because "some parents simply complained that they couldn't find out when their children's books were due and couldn't pick up books that had been put on hold by their children."
It's tough being under age 18. There's no privacy.
That's just the way it is--and should be if it isn't--when raising a child. Parents should know what their child is doing, who their child is hanging out with, what their child is reading. It's that last one, though, that has drawn a bit of attention lately in the Legislature. Read the full story reported by news-miner.
If it's just getting them into the library that counts, the NH Exeter Library has succeeded with a video game tournament for young teens. Exeter News-Letter
Librarian Mindy Donohue has been doing the tournaments for about four years.
"Some kids take out books, some donâ€™t", she said philosophically. "But it gives them a really positive experience here, and theyâ€™ll want to support the library when theyâ€™re older."
Here's a nice Arizona Central story of how urban kids and Native American kids are connecting through books. Each year, high schoolers from the Red Mountain School in Mesa visit the adobe schoolhouse on the Gila River Indian Reservation, just a short bus-ride from their school. The mission library has grown from 600 books to 10,000 books in just a few years.
Check out the great photo of the Mesa teacher dancing while playing the accordion! (registration required).
Anonymous Patron writes "From the Associated Press:
Alaska State Senator Lyda Green (R) has introduced a bill requiring public libraries to give parents access to their children's records.
Some librarians say kids seeking information in the library deserve to have their privacy protected, as long as they're using the library responsibly.
Green sponsored the bill after hearing complaints from constituents."
Parents often argue that as the party liable for their children's library
they should have full access to either all or the relevant circulation records.
Wisconsin and some other states have also proposed or enacted such laws.
nbruce writes "Iraqi children turn a new page; A youth publisher moves away from propaganda.
By Ashraf Khalil is a story in todayâ€™s Christian Science Monitor (Feb. 11) as noted by Joanne Jacobs education blog.
â€œShafik al-Mahdi, the Cultural House's new director, remains upbeat about his mission. On the day the Monitor visited, he had just received the handwritten manuscript for the first new book of the post-Hussein era. It's called "Nur and the Rainbow," and carries a message promoting diversity and unity.
It's about Iraq with all its colors: the Kurd, the Arab, Turkmen, Shiite, Sunni," he says.
The biggest challenge, he says, will be to sow in his young readers an appreciation and an understanding of democratic systems, political participation, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens.â€?. Read the full story.
A policy which allows children to take out up to 35 library items at a time has come under attack after a stolen library card resulted in a Mapua family being billed nearly $500 for lost books.
A library spokesman is defending the policy, insisting the family is legally responsible for the missing books and must pay the bill.
Full Story from stuff.co.nz.
A drive is underway to establish an Imagination Library that would supply a free book each month for Union County children from birth to five years of age.
Malinda Beauchamp, who heads the Community Education program for the Union County Public School District, is spearheading the drive and spoke about the program at a recent Morganfield Lions Club meeting.
Beauchamp said she is in hopes of Union County becoming only the second school district in the state of Kentucky to establish such a library. The library has been established in Henderson County.