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Library as Ad-Hoc Summer Camp

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 15:00

From the Chicago Tribune: It was a warm and sunny day outside, but Xavier Parker, 10, was deep into a computer game at Thurgood Marshall Public Library when his father walked in and told the boy he was about to go to a store.

"Stay in here," Xavier's father, Jimmy Giles, said, leaving the boy in charge of his 6- and 8-year-old brothers. "Don't go anywhere until I come back and get you."

Putting Their Braille Skills to the Test

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 16:11
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Putting Their Braille Skills To The Test
Nation’s Top Blind Students To Compete In Unique Academic Competition

(Los Angeles)—It has been nearly 200 years since Louis Braille created a system of raised dot writing for blind people. Many people see the little dots as something of a novelty. But for thousands of blind and visually impaired children who use those dots to connect themselves to the darkened world around them, braille is their passport to success. This underrated literacy issue is finally coming to the forefront of discussion because of a national academic competition that seeks to draw braille out of the shadows and into the public consciousness. On Saturday, June 26, the top blind students from across the United States and Canada will be coming to Los Angeles to put their knowledge of the braille code to the test in the only national academic competition for blind students in the country—The National Braille Challenge®. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking event.

Children's Author Has A Librarian to Thank

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 08:49

Michael Buckley is the author of the popular children's books series "Sisters Grimm" and "N.E.R.D.S."

As he described his diverse life's journey at the eighth James V. Brown Library Author Gala in Williamsport PA, he finished with a serious message about the importance of the school librarian's impact on his impressionable young mind and how libraries are the "secret to America."

Skokie Librarian Shares Experience as Newbery Judge

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 06/15/2010 - 08:13

Holly Jin was honored to be chosen.

Part of Jin's job is to pick out picture books for the Skokie (IL) Library and to read to children so it was assumed that she would be ideal for Caldecott. Even the person who nominated her told the American Library Association Jin would be great for the Caldecott Committee.

Sometimes It Only Takes a Dollar

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 10:59

The first time proved to be the charm for the Scottsboro Alabama Public Library. With the help of librarian Karen Chambers in Woodville, Scottsboro Public Library Director Nancy Gregory applied for a grant.
“I wouldn’t even had known about it if it wasn’t for Karen,” said Gregory.

Gregory’s application paid off as she learned earlier this week the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $3,000 summer reading grant to the Scottsboro Public Library.

Rose Zertuche-Treviño, Champion of Latino Children's Literature

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 17:33

Rose Zertuche-Treviño, a librarian who devoted her career to helping improve the lives of children, died on April 30 in Houston, TX. She was 58 reports SLJ.

Treviño spent her last seven years as the youth services coordinator for the Houston Public Library, a system that serves one of the biggest Spanish-speaking populations in the country. She retired in October 2009 and moved back to San Antonio, where she was born and raised.

Teaching Children and Young Adults How to Choose Privacy

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 11:02

It's becoming ever more critical day by day; today marks the beginning of Choose Privacy Week (School Library Journal).

“The point of Choose Privacy is to spark a nationwide dialogue of what privacy means to us, and what the privacy laws are today in the digital space,” says Angela Maycock, assistant director for ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.