Spanish, English coexist at Oregon libraries

Increasingly, the Ashland Public Library is becoming a place where the Navarretes and any family that wants to raise multilingual children can get help in those efforts.

Most Spanish-language and bilingual books used to be concentrated at Jackson County's main branch in Medford. But librarians are making more of an effort to make those books available countywide, said Perii Hauschild-Owen, a librarian in the Ashland Public Library's children's department.

Reading...a Topic of Controversy?

Since our RIF story stirred up so much interest and debate, I thought LISNewsterz might enjoy another story on that very hot topic.

Here's one woman's opinion on the subject of reading. The woman is Theodora J. Kalikow, President of the University of Maine at Farmington. She concludes, like her mother before her (who wouldn't let her bring Mad Magazine into the house), that "Reading is dangerous. But not reading is even more dangerous."


Bush Budget Would Eliminate RIF

And who doesn't love RIF? Since 1966, it's been a dynamic program providing books to underprivileged children and encouraging them to read; now its very existence is threatened.

According to Kevin Howell of Publishers Weekly, RIF's CEO and president Carol Rasco tells us that if Bush’s budget is approved, 4.6 million children will not receive 16 million free books in 2009. RIF has been funded by Congress and six Administrations without interruption since 1975. It is the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the U.S.

Here's the website to take action on this issue: RIF Support.


The Digital Divide And Skills

As some librarians worry about the digital divide between rich and poor they sometimes miss a key component of that. The digital divide leads to a divide in skill sets as well. Not only will someone on the short side lose out on technological access, but they will lack the skills needed to find, assess, and ultimately utilize information.

More from Science Daily.

Librarians on the streets to find common ground with book lovers

Striking Librarians in Victoria BC are spending a few hours this week and more next week walking the downtown streets, talking books to people. "We don't stop caring about literacy in Victoria because we can't be doing the jobs we love," Andersen said yesterday, as she walked downtown, asking people what they've been reading.

Australian Toddlers given free book in literacy bid

Good News For Some Youngsters In Australia: Victorian toddlers will be given a free book when they turn two in an effort to improve childhood literacy.

The $2.1 million Young Readers' Program, funded by the State Government, will give parents visiting Victoria's maternal and child health centres a book for their toddler. A literacy pack with a rhyme booklet and information on libraries will also be given to parents of four-month-old babies.

Experts say the initiative will raise basic education

Mini libraries are big success at UK schools

A Neat Idea From The UK: John Newby, regeneration assistant at Back on the Map, who organised the mini libraries, said: "Quick Reads are a fantastic way to encourage people to read, whether they just don't have the time, are out of the habit of reading, or are put off by the thought of picking up a longer book."

The Question Box- Internet for the Third World

How's this sound?

Press a button, ask a question, get an answer.

That's the simple idea behind The Question Box, a project out of UC Berkeley to place some form of Internet access to villages in Africa where Internet access simply doesn't exist.

More from via BoingBoing.

Quick Reads for World Book Day

Coming up later this week (March 6), World Book Day is being observed by Quick Reads with the publication of ten new 'quick reads'..."fast-paced, bite-sized books by bestselling writers and celebrities for adults who have lost or never had the reading habit, or avid readers wanting a short, fast read." Read (quickly) all about Quick Reads.

Is That A Poem in Your Pocket or Are You Really Glad to See Me?

Well, there's a day for everything, and now there's going to be a day for "A Poem in Your Pocket."

Formerly celebrated only in New York City, you're now invited to Celebrate the first NATIONAL Poem In Your Pocket Day! The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 17. More ideas from

Anyone care to share what poem you might keep in your pocket?


Buiding libraries for Darfur refugees

<a href="">Book Wish Foundation</a>, a new nonprofit devoted to providing reading relief for people in crisis, is fundraising for the costruction of libraries in the Treguine, Bredjing, and Gaga refugee camps in eastern Chad, and in the nearby village of Hadjer Hadid, Chad. More than 60,000 refugees from Darfur live in the camps, 20,000 of them students. The cost of each brick library (approximate dimensions 49' x 23'), including 10 tables, 80 chairs, 5,000 books sourced locally, and 12 locking metal cupboards, is estimated at $36,881.

Setting a Reading Record While Running a Bookstore

Amanda Patchin, 27 year-old owner of Veritas Fine Books, Garden City, Idaho, wants to increase the numbers of readers in this country. Her goal is to read 200 books--79,349 pages--this year. The marathon read is Patchin's response to the bad news about reading habits as summed up in last year's NEA report, "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence." One of the findings was that young Americans spend an average of only seven minutes a day reading for pleasure.

The story in the Idaho Statesman, tells about Patchin's goal, and a blog she is starting in connection with reaching her goal...200 books, where she sums it up this way: "200 books in 2008. Selected from Everyman's Library. Reading while caring for a toddler and a new baby and running a small business. With daily blog posts chronicling the attempt. Yeah, I'm nuts."


Blind kids in the UK 'lose out over books'

The BBC Reports Blind and partially-sighted children face long delays in getting the school books they need, a charity has warned.
The RNIB said few books were published in braille or large print, meaning pupils with sight loss were missing out both educationally and socially.

‘Suitcase libraries‘ to fight family illiteracy in South Africa

THE Knysna municipality has introduced a “suitcase library mission” as an integral part of its Family Literacy project. Library staff will pack a consignment of books into a suitcase, which they then take to pre-schools with low levels of literacy among teachers, caregivers and parents. Library staff will demonstrate to the adults how to read stories to youngsters.

“If some of the parents cannot read, an assessment is conducted and they will be advised to join a literacy class. We are in the process of arranging for a librarian with literacy qualifications to be appointed in order to facilitate literacy sessions,” said Xolani Frans, who was recently employed as the new manager for the Knysna municipality‘s libraries, heritage, arts and culture department,

UNESCO and IFLA launch Information Literacy Logo Contest

UNESCO and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invite everyone to propose an international Logo to identify the work on information literacy. The aim of creating this Logo is to make communication easier among those who carry out information literacy projects, their communities and societies in general. The Logo will be available free of charge and promoted as an international symbol of information literacy.


Novel way to increase library use

A mayor in Spain who pays children one Euro per hour to read at the local library in an attempt to keep them in school. <a href="">The CBC Says</a> Agustin Jimenez, Socialist mayor of the agricultural town of Noblejas in central Spain, is recommending the town's children be given a euro - the equivalent of $1.50 - for every hour they spend reading in the local library. The sweetener is part of a string of measures to be voted on by the Noblejas council in March.

Librarians' Sport of Choice

<a href="">Librarians' sport of choice: Teaching information literacy through fantasy football</a>. Paul Waelchli, <i>C&RL News</i>, January 2008. "Librarians want students to effectively identify and evaluate information and make decisions based upon what they discover . . . .

The "Google generation" not so hot at Googling, after all

The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee have released a report showing that "kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be." Story at Ars Technica.

ISU-based center to help librarians train info consumers

Teaching people to find, evaluate and use information effectively has always been part of a librarian’s job, but Ward wants to create a centralized one-stop shop to help. With a nearly $60,000 federal grant in hand, he aims to build the Illinois Center for Information Literacy at ISU.

“The idea is to have one place to see what is going on in Illinois in terms of information literacy,” Ward said.

‘Google Generation’ is a myth, says new research

Gary Price Points Out This report shows the many roles the info professional can and needs to play in an age when many think all answers are only one-click away. Btw, Google is a name grabber but this paper is more about online and web info in general.


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