Submitted by birdie on September 1, 2009 - 10:05pm
Everyone loves Arthur the aardvark, a favorite at the Lawrence KS Public Library's storytime, gladly accepting children’s hugs in a way only a 4-foot-tall stuffed animal can.
“He gets more hugs and kisses than anyone else,” says Joyce Steiner, youth services coordinator at the library. “He was looking rather droopy.” What’s an aardvark to do when he’s feeling a little physically beat? Take a vacation, of course.
That’s exactly what Arthur did this summer. With a little money from Lawrence residents and library boosters John and Carol Nalbandian, Arthur headed to exotic Independence, Kan. There, he visited the home of former library staffer Dana Hart, who just happens to be a seamstress.
More on the refurbishment of Arthur from the Lawrence Journal-World.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 28, 2009 - 11:50pm
Even if you can't remember a specific Reading Rainbow episode, chances are, the theme song is still lodged somewhere in your head:
Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high,
Take a look, it's in a book — Reading Rainbow ...
Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children's show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.
Full piece on NPR
Submitted by birdie on August 21, 2009 - 9:45am
1. READ ALOUD SOMETHING EVERY DAY
2. LAUGH A LOT AS YOU FOOL AROUND WITH LANGUAGE
3. ACT OUT STORIES.
4. TELL STORIES.
5. ENCOURAGE DRAWING.
6. LEARN A NEW FACT EVERY DAY.
7. ASK AND ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS.
8. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
9. LOVE YOUR BOOKS AND YOUR LIBRARY.
10. LOOK FOR OLDIES BUT GOODIES.
11. LOOK FOR WHAT'S NEXT
12. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Courtesy of James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read, twelve ways to get kids reading...and they don't all involve sitting down with a book. Each link is clickable on the site.
Submitted by birdie on August 18, 2009 - 8:52am
Christian Science Monitor's guest blogger Rebekah Denn is trying to remember a book she read as a child, hoping to pass it on to her young son who is laid up with a broken arm.
It was a faraway book memory, where I could almost see the book’s jacket – was it plain, with an outline of a baseball player at bat? – but couldn’t remember the title, author, or character’s name.
I called in the big guns, asking “Book Lust” author and Seattle uber-librarian Nancy Pearl if the book rang any bells in her encyclopedic mental library. She referred me to a completely delightful resource, an online site, Loganberry Books where readers try to match books with titles based on similarly vague, fragmented memories. And then, before I could even enter my posting there, I got a reply from Laurie Amster-Burton, a Seattle Public Schools librarian who loves a surprising number of the same children’s books I do. She didn’t know this one herself, and the inquiries she sent to librarian friends came up blank, but she managed to sleuth it out online. She sent me a message yesterday that the book is “There Are Two Kinds of Terrible,” by Peggy Mann, published in 1977. The protagonist’s name is Robbie.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on August 16, 2009 - 10:03pm
We often talk about the benefits of reading aloud to our children -- but we usually focus on the benefits <em>to the children</em>. Today, let’s reflect on the ways reading aloud to our children benefits ourselves as parents, our families and our relationships with each other.
I’m no ham and I rarely attempt read-aloud theatrics, accents or voices, but boy-oh-boy do I love the rush I get when I have my young audience shrieking with laughter, swooning, raving and begging for more. Sure, all I’m doing is reading the printed word, the real genius is the author, but I’m the main act at our house and I bask in the glow of my appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Childhood is short -- I treasure the precious moments when reading aloud makes me a star in the eyes of my children.
Submitted by birdie on August 12, 2009 - 2:02pm
Cross-legged and hushed, 146 children waited for South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop to sit in his throne-like chair and read to them.
The pupils from Hawera and Mokoia Primary schools and other guests had gathered at Hawera Library to hear the mayor read to them as part of New Zealand's Biggest Storytime at Hawera Library.
At 10.30am yesterday special guests in libraries across the country simultaneously read Itiiti's Gift, written by Kiwi author Melanie Drewery.
Librarian Kaye Lally told the eager listeners they were taking part in something really special.
"There are lots of children listening to the same story all over New Zealand." Story about storytime during New Zealand Library Week from Stuff NZ.
Submitted by birdie on August 12, 2009 - 7:20am
Florida youth have not spent the entire summer at the seaside; in fact, many of them have been participating in summer reading programs!
From the Foster Folly News, an update on the Summer Reading Program at the Chipley Library. Childrens librarian Zedra Hawkins said 18 preschoolers, 114 elementary school students, 68 students from the middle schools, and 31 high school students participated in this year's summer reading program. More than 536 book reviews were entered for drawings for prizes.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on July 31, 2009 - 4:23pm
<a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/31/rich-ny-town-tries-t.html">Featured on boing boing</a>: Rich NY town tries to shut down children's library because poor kids might use it
The boing boing comments are interesting too!
Submitted by birdie on July 23, 2009 - 11:52am
BEIRUT, LEBANON: The Monnot Public Library just celebrated its first anniversary; a year dedicated to the promotion of reading among children. A textbook was released for the occasion, intended for librarians and teachers, “99 Recipes to Spice Up the Taste of Reading” (in Arabic I presume?).
The book aims at sharing a librarian’s experience with students. “I quickly realized that the sole presence of books wasn’t enough to get the pupils to read. The librarian plays a crucial role, [they are] the indispensable link between books and children,” explained Nawal Traboulsi, one of the authors.
But at first, it was difficult for her to find her place in the school’s hierarchy. “Librarians don’t have a defined role. They are neither teachers nor parents. Their relation with children is fundamentally different.”
Submitted by birdie on July 9, 2009 - 9:30am
Another story on budget cuts, this time in Macon County NC; (scroll halfway down...)
Fontana Regional Library made a request from the town’s non-profit funding pool in the amount of $12,000 for the library system’s Reading Rover Bookmobile service. Since 1999, the Reading Rover Bookmobile has developed pre-literacy skills by bringing monthly story time programs and materials to toddlers and preschoolers at child care locations.
Librarian Karen Wallace said this is the first time funds have been requested from the town specifically for the Reading Rover. The program costs around $475 per day to run 200 days per year. Historically, the program has been funded through grants which have disappeared, she said.
Alderman Bob Scott said that reading is very important and the future of Franklin is the children. “I think it is an excellent program,” he said of the Reading Rover, adding that many countries in war have little educational opportunities for their young people. Scott asked if the Reading Rover could take the place of ice cream trucks and cruise the neighborhoods during the summer months, offering reading materials to the youth of Franklin.
Do you think the Reading Rover could replace the tempting melody of the ice cream truck? Interesting idea...not sure it's plausible.
Submitted by birdie on July 6, 2009 - 10:11am
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."
Guess her kids aren't going to see some poor librarian dye her hair green or get buried in jello.
Submitted by birdie on July 1, 2009 - 9:00am
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.
Early Literacy on the Go Kits, developed by Ms. Casey and her staff, were key to winning the award. The kits, in colorful boxes, contain books, toys, sound recordings and information on how to practice early literacy. The acronym SHELLS (Start Helping Early Literacy Learners Succeed) was created to help direct parents, teachers and caregivers to the importance of early literacy. My Central Jersey has the story.
Submitted by stevenj on June 23, 2009 - 6:56pm
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.
Submitted by birdie on June 23, 2009 - 5:33pm
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.
The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.
The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.
Submitted by birdie on May 21, 2009 - 7:05pm
I was hoping this one had a photo with it, but sorry...you'll have to use your imagination. It's another one of those "I'll do thus and such if you kids read X number of books" stories.
Report from Jackson, MS : Children's librarian Melissa Strauss laughed, "I'm here because I want to make good on a promise at the beginning of the school year." The promise: she would become a human popcorn ball. Before she got into the plastic pool filled with popcorn, the principal poured sticky syrup all over Strauss. Then it was time to jump in and roll around.
Why is this happening? This librarian challenged her students to read 10 million words from library books. "They read 10.5 million."
The pure joy of this mess thrilled the students. "I love the way she dived into the pool." "A little like something I want to do to somebody." " I think it was funny." " I love it."
Strauss apparently picks a new 'treat' for the kids each year, and thus far, they haven't let her down.
Submitted by AndyW on April 19, 2009 - 11:52am
Submitted by SafeLibraries on April 3, 2009 - 5:29pm
<a href="http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/19078583/detail.html">A library rapist got life in prison</a>. The underlying crime was discussed in "<a href="http://web1.ala.org/ala/alonline/currentnews/newsarchive/2008/february2008/newbedford.cfm">Massachusetts Library Revisits Security after Child Molested</a>," by the ALA, <i>American Libraries</i>, 8 February 2008.
Submitted by birdie on March 28, 2009 - 11:21am
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.
Each of the first-grade students received their own small bookshelf made by the high school students and a book written and published by the sixth-graders to take home. Great idea, story from the Iowa Press Citizen.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 27, 2009 - 12:07pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on March 25, 2009 - 1:24pm
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).