Children

Children

How to Save School Libraries and Indie Bookstores and Prepare Our Kids for Standardized Tests

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 11:00

Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of over 100 non-fiction books for children writes in Celebrate Science:

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

Let’s start with some background. About 80 percent of all children's nonfiction titles are sold to schools and libraries. This was great in the 1980s and 1990s when teachers were able to find lots of creative ways to integrate children’s literature into their lesson plans.

Author Proclaims "I Would Be Dead Without Libraries"

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 13:31

From Telegraph Herald OnLine: A librarian saved Gary Paulsen's life. More than 100 people listened with amazement Sunday as the self-proclaimed street kid who became an award-winning author shared his life story at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque IA.

"I would be dead without libraries," said Paulsen, 71.

Dressed in a black turtleneck sweater and blue jeans, the author of three Newbery Honor Books -- "Hatchet," "Dogsong" and "The Winter Room" -- held nothing back.

Internet Can Be a Dangerous Place for Unsupervised Children

Submitted by birdie on Sun, 09/19/2010 - 10:05

Internet predators are using more sophisticated means to lure children into dangerous situations says The News Chief of Winter Haven, FL.

In July, the Federal Trade Commission released a report concerning child safety on the Internet. The report stated that in 2004, 45 percent of American children had a personal cellular phone, while in 2009, the number of children with a phone grew to 75 percent.

Toddler Time Too Popular At Manhattan Library

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 08:01

Forget Broadway, the hardest ticket to score in town is for toddler story time at an Upper East Side branch of the New York Public Library.

The matinee story time every Wednesday at the NYPL's Webster branch is so popular with toddlers that organizers had to switch to a color-coded ticket system because desperate mommies and nannies had started counterfeiting the numbered tickets.

A Movie Star Lights Up a North Carolina Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 10:49

Zach Galifianakis, a comedian and one of the stars of the movie The Hangover, is a native of Wilkes County NC. Yesterday, he was at the Wilkes County Public Library in North Wilkesboro for a children's reading that drew hundreds of people. He stayed afterward for nearly two hours, posing for photos and signing hats, shirts, posters, money, DVDs, scraps of paper, old Wilkes Central High School yearbooks, and a GQ magazine with his face on the cover reports Journal Now.