Wheeled Library Sets on Bulgaria-wide Tour

Not Many Details Here, but The Sofia News Agency reports from Bulgaria where Classic and modern books will be delivered even to the remotest parts of Bulgaria through the mobile library to set off by June.

The idea, which will be implemented for the first time in the country after the example of other states, was presented by Deputy Culture Minister Nadezhda Zaharieva.

Every seventh Bulgarian or 13% of the country's population is illiterate, according to latest surveys. The worrisome percentages of illiteracy among Bulgarians is pertaining mainly to the ethnic minority groups, such as Roma population where 60% of the youth lacks basic education.

Dr. Andew Weil promotes National Book Week

Redcardlibrarian writes "Dr. Weil, on his website ( promotes the activity of reading has a healthy activity:

"Books are more than just educational. They serve as outlets for our fantasies, can be inspirational, motivational, or just relaxing - pretty much anything you want them to be! This is National Book Week - a time when we encourage you to turn off the TV and pick up a book. Visit your local library (if you do not have a borrower's card, call ahead and see what you need to bring), go to a bookstore (new or used), or ask a friend for a recommendation. You can even join a book club - a wonderful way to connect with others and learn from their perspectives. Many coffee shops and bookstores have postings for book clubs that delve into almost any topic.""


Gorman Reacts To Declining Literacy Rates

stevenj writes "Several metropolitan papers offer an article today about the national data released on Dec. 16, 2005 that reported a serious decline in college students' literacy skills. Those who like to follow what ALA President Michael Gorman says to the press may want to see what he had to say, as one of the "experts" who was asked to react to the decline in literacy rates. One of his quotes: "It's appalling; it's really astounding. Only 31 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it. That's not saying much for the remainder.". This one from the Pittsburgh Gazette was slightly longer than others. Read it at:"

Libraries often 1st step to success

The Republican - Springfield,MA says when it comes to learning English, the public library is essential. Libraries are one of the first places new immigrants visit in their search for information and a way to learn about the language and culture, says Jonas Barrientos, 54, a local English teacher for foreigners.

Barrientos has taught English for Speakers of Other Languages at the West Springfield Public Library for the past 13 years, and teaches English at the Westfield Athenaeum as well.

Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century

kathleen writes ""A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century".
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) measures the English literacy of America's adults (people age 16 and older living in households and prisons). NAAL builds on the previous national assessment of literacy completed in 1992. The 2003 assessment defines literacy as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential. Results are reported in terms of scale score averages and literacy levels on three literacy scales: prose, document, and quantitative.
Complete report available here

Washington, DC . In response to the release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) earlier today, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) called for a greater emphasis to be placed on functional literacy. The NAAL study found that tens of millions of adult Americans are not functionally literate, meaning they can't read at a level that would allow them to perform such basic tasks as complete a job application, use the internet, or read a bedtime story to a child."


Seattle most literate US city: study

Seattle, the west coast haven of coffee, culture and the Arts has been named America's most literate city. A study put Seattle directly ahead of Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco in terms of literacy, which researchers said was critical to a city's long term economic and social success.

Researchers at Central Connecticut State University surveyed the literacy of 69 of America's largest cities in terms of newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and internet use. AP Has More.

Reading habits and all in Mexico

Small libraries, big shock!

Journalist Mohammed Al-Jazairy says According to the latest statistics by UNESCO, on average, the individual Arab citizen spends no more than six minutes reading for pleasure per year! Moreover, the UNDP's Arab Development Report for 2003 revealed that every year, Spain alone translates more books than the Arab World in its entirety. Not only was the quantity of reading material on the decline but so was the quality, the report added.

Pennies help to earn leveled libraries

Internet says One Penny weighs 3.11 grams, and 1 pound=453.59237 grams, so the 13 million pennies saved by the kids at The Provo City School District in Utah must weigh about 90,000 pounds. The Pennies for Pages campaign aims to raise $10,000 for each of the 13 schools to start leveled reading libraries, which provide books appropriate to individual students' skill levels.So far, about $10,400 has been collected.

Book Week kicks off in Iran

The 13th Book Week of Iran which kicked off today focuses on the promotion of book reading, MNA said. According to Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi, the policy of the ministry previously focused on book publishing, but this year it focuses on book reading as the main element which would lead to more publications in the future.

OK you babies, crack those books

Can your baby or toddler distinguish patterns? Surely he or she can make comparisons, right? Or perhaps your youngster is just good at making a mess?

The latter could be a problem under a government proposal in Britain that would have children start training for school almost as soon as they leave the womb.

The initiative would require every nursery and every caregiver to teach newborns and toddlers an “Early Years Foundation Stage†curriculum beginning in 2008.
Cox News Service Has More

Never Too Early For Books

In an effort to encourage more parents of newborn babies to read to their children at an early age, the Redwood City, California, Public Library is giving all babies born at Sequoia Hospital their first library card. Has More.

State in India to set up libraries in slums

Chief Minister Dharam Singh today launched ambitious project to set up libraries at the centres for continuing education in the slum areas of Bangalore, at Hampinagar in Binnypet Assembly constituency on Saturday. More.

Global Development: Raising Literacy Rates

GregS* writes "At TechCentralStation, John S. Gardner, former General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2005, offers 10 goals for the United Nations he feels are reachable by their 70th anniversary on 2015. #3: Raising literacy rates to 75%:

"Here's an idea: if a U.S. college graduate teaches children for two years in the developing world, will States agree to waive the normal teaching preparation courses and permit that person to enter into teaching once he or she returns home to the U.S.?""


Reading is important

sent by slashgirl: Interesting opinion piece on by Mary Ellen Lang about reading and how necessary it is. Find it here. Excerpt:

For years, studies have shown that the most significant therapy for young offenders is not Outward Bound camps, not psychological counselling, not tough love or family healing, but remedial reading.

...People who cannot read are surrounded with a culture that requires this skill at every turn. They are also surrounded by people who can make their way through all these unfathomable shapes and letter combinations with apparent ease. To say that non-readers suffer from feelings of acute frustration, anger and inadequacy would be an understatement.


First Lady 'checks out' four libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Reporters never pass up a good pun for library headlines. Sioux City Journal reports Iowa's first lady, Christie Vilsack, says she's visited 460 libraries so far. By the end of Thursday, the first lady would still have about 125 Iowa libraries to visit in her quest to promote literacy. She has a little more than a year to get it done.

If Thursday were any indication, she'll make her goal."


Purdue Creates Nation's First Information Literacy Endowed Chair

Jay writes "Information literacy is crucial and critical in the educational process of all our students in any academic environment. Purdue University has recognized it by announcing nation's first Endowed Chair.

"The university will use a $2.5 million gift it received from Wayne Booker, former vice chairman of the Ford Motor Co. Purdue says students need to understand how to conduct research and how to evaluate the search results."

Read the full article atPurdue Creates Nation's First Information Literacy Endowed Chair."

What's Wrong With Libraries?

Anonymous Patron writes "What's Wrong With Libraries? A reaction to comments from Chris Travers, CEO of; lamenting the passing of literacy"


New Orleans book project struggles

Hurricane Katrina has made an inner-city book project an even greater story of defying the odds.
MSNBC Covers the Neighborhood Story Project, started a year ago by New Orleans high school teachers Abram Himelstein and Rachel Breunlin. Five student books were published in June by the neighborhood project and have been a great local success.


Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha: Floating On The Information Super Riverway

Financial from Bangladesh, has a report on Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a non-governmental organisation in Bangladesh, for its pioneering approach to bridging the digital divide and its commitment to providing free public access to computers and the Internet, said a press release.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its 2005 Access to Learning Award of US$1 million to Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha.According to the sources, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha provides educational services, access to technology and computer training to poor communities in a northern Bangladesh watershed through the use of indigenous boats converted into mobile libraries, schools and the Mobile Internet Educational Units on Boats programme.



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