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Why My Kids Do Not Participate in Summer Reading Programs

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 10:11

Treatise from a homeschooling mother on why her children DO NOT participate in summer reading programs at libraries.

Sara McGrath states, "My children have participated in various bookstore and library events, but I have never enrolled them in a summer reading program. For the same reasons that I don't endorse cash rewards for grades, I don't support incentive programs for reading."

'Early Literacy on the Go' Kits Help Win Award for Bernardsville (NJ) Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 09:00

Bernardsville Public Library was recognized at the State House in Trenton by Senate Resolution as a winner of the New Jersey State Library's contest on Best Practices in Early Childhood Literacy. Youth Services Librarian Michaele Casey and Library Director Karen Brodsky were on hand to receive the honor and a check for $500. At the ceremony, the library was cited for its "dedication and commitment to the early reader experiences of preschool children in its community." Only four New Jersey libraries were so honored.

Books, Libraries, Kids

Submitted by stevenj on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 18:56
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Stories about K-12 libraries that are cutting budgets may be old news to librarians, but Mark Bauerlein, a blogger for The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" blog, has greater concerns. He's annoyed that schools at all levels now spend $8 for technology and only $5 for books. But he says that ultimately the budget cuts for these libraries won't be the real death of reading. According to Bauerlein, "Kids just don’t read books as much as they used to. The diversion menu is larger, with lots of screen tools and toys to fill their leisure hours.

Graphic Novel 'Lunch Lady' to Become a Movie with Amy Poehler

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 17:33

From my friends over at The Hollywood Reporter:

Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.

Free Library of Philadelphia Seeking Donation for Summer Reading Program

Submitted by AndyW on Sun, 04/19/2009 - 11:52

While the courts have ruled to keep the library branches in Philadelphia open, the budget cuts are being felt in the system's summer reading program. They have launched a campaign to fill the gap aptly named "10,000 Books for Children". You can directly donate to the library here (you have the option of donating money or buying a book from their reading list).

Every book counts.

Iowa Students Pass On the Love of Reading

Submitted by birdie on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 11:21

First-graders at Riverside (IA) Elementary are getting a little help in developing a love for reading.

The industrial manufacturing class at Highland High, along with sixth-graders at Highland Middle School, donated bookshelves and books they each made in class to the 37 first-graders. They presented the gifts at an assembly at the school Friday morning.

Mom Protests Library's 'Sexual' Spider-Man Comic

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:07

A Millard mother said she's upset by a comic book that she considers sexually explicit that is in her son's elementary school library.
The comic is part of a popular new series about Spider-Man and the head librarian of the Millard School District said it's been in high demand.
"My son looked at this and goes, 'Ohhhh!'" said Physha Svendsen.

Full story here.

30 Poets/30 Days -- a celebration of children's poetry all through National Poetry Month

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 13:24
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This April, 30 children's poets -- including current Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, past Laureate Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Giovanni, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Nikki Grimes, Douglas Florian, Jane Yolen, J. Patrick Lewis, Linda Sue Park, Pat Mora, Arnold Adoff, X. J. Kennedy, Adam Rex, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka -- will be sharing previously unpublished poetry at the GottaBook blog (http://gottabook.blogspot.com).