<em>Reading Rainbow</em> seeks support

From Reading Today Daily :

Reading Rainbow, that venerable children's program that has promoted the love of reading among youngsters since 1983, faces a funding crisis, reports Twila Liggett, the program's executive producer and founder. With that in mind, a "Save Reading Rainbow" website has been launched. There, program supporters can sign an online petition of support, prepare a testimonial letter, or make a donation. For further details visit the new website.

At the Save Reading Rainbow site, there's also swag to buy, tools for spreading the word, and Save Reading Rainbow banners you can snag and post on your blog.

Analog TVs may be useless on April 7th 2009 writes "Senate Commerce Committee staffers have drafted a bill setting April 7, 2009 -- -- as the date to end nationwide analog TV broadcasts and complete the switch to digital transmission.Millions of people who watch traditional, over-the-air analog broadcasts on sets with antennas will have to buy new digital TVs or set-top converter boxes to keep getting signals.Congressional aides said they settled on the deadline -- which falls one day after the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championships -- so as not to cut off any TV viewers at the height of the popular college basketball tournament.Washinton Post Has More"

Arizona Librarian To Play On Jeopardy

The Reader's Shop writes " Reports On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 Carol Hager, a 10 year old librarian at Thunderbird High School in Arizona will appear on the network game show Jeopary. Read more about Hager, in Jeopary lingo in this article from The Arizona Republic. Hager, of Peoria, was among Valley residents who, in April, passed the popular game show's screening test. The self-proclaimed Jeopardy fanatic became a contestant in a show taped in July. She described it as an "out-of-body experience." "

Don't Miss the Book TV Bus

C-SPAN's new Book TV Bus takes off from Washington, D.C. in September, slated for 20+ stops at bookstores, libraries, and book festivals in the East, Southeast, and Midwest. The 45-foot coach is a mobile television production studio. Its mission? To promote Book TV's nonfiction book programming, which airs every weekend on C-SPAN2.

See the Book TV Bus schedule and other details here; check back for added dates and locations. In fact, if you're interested in hosting a Bus visit @ your library, submit a request to In your email, include:

  • The date, time and location of your event
  • A brief description of the event
  • Why you would like the Bus to be there

(Thanks to the Bookstore Tourism Blog for the tip.)

Got Choice TV? : IPTV

GregS* writes "From the article:

But now there is another option — that is, if our government doesn’t stifle progress with excessive regulation. TV fans can look toward a new service called IPTV — Internet protocol television. It’s high-tech TV delivered via your computer. According to the Aug. 8, 2005, issue of Fortune magazine, this technology can “deliver to consumers just the video content they want, when they want it, rather than broadcasting every program to millions of homes.�

IPTV = redefining library collections."

Actor James Doohan, Dies Aged 85

Canadian-born actor James Doohan has died at the age of 85. Mr. Doohan is best known for his work on the United States television program Star Trek.
Born in Vancouver in March 1920, Doohan was raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Mr. Doohan was a member of Royal Canadian Artillery and participated in the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach. During the battle he was wounded six times and lost his middle right finger. Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane.

After the Second World War, Doohan became an actor, beginning on radio dramas in 1946. In 1966 he was cast as Montgomery Scott chief engineer aboard the fictional USS Enterprise. It was a role that stuck with Mr. Doohan through the rest of his career. Mr Doohan was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering for inspiring countless students into the engineering and science fields.

Mr. Doohan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Wende. A BBC tribute page, where users can submit thoughts and reminisces about the actor can be found here.

Who’s Tuning In, Logging On and Hitting the Books

vonjobi writes "According to the NOP World Culture Score Index: 'Globally, individuals say they spent 16.6 hours watching television, 8 hours listening to the radio, 6.5 hours reading and 8.9 hours on computers/Internet (for non-work related reasons) on average each week.'

Big Bird is Saved!

lislemck writes "Andrew Taylor and the AP via SignOn San Diego sez House rescinds proposed cut in federal support of public broadcasting. This covers funding for both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as National Public Radio. Yeah! More DVDs to circulate (library slant)--plus quality programming for the kiddies."

Next via the Internet: Tailored TV

One From The Associated Press says Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.

The North Carolina cook's program — self-described as an "all-day, whole hog class edited down to 45 minutes on how to find, select, prepare and serve whole hog from the man who cooks several hundred per year" — will be available for a $1.99 download as early as next month on something called DaveTV.

It's the type of show — niche programming to please any taste or whim — we'll be seeing much more now that broadband Internet has finally become a more reliable conduit for the delivery of broadcast-quality video.

TV Turn-Off Week is Here

TV Turn-Off Week is here (April 25-May 1, concurrent with Saving And
Investing Education Week in the State of Ohio) and with it, suggestions for celebrations in its honor...check out the website .

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