<i>Reading Rainbow</i> to receive funding, facelift

zanne writes: "I don't remember seeing this update on LISNews and can't find anything related to it by searching the site, so I hope I'm not repeating content previously submitted."

Educate Inc., the publicly traded company that tutors thousands of schoolchildren through its Sylvan Learning Centers and sells Hooked on Phonics curricular materials to consumers, recently acquired Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's literacy series that has languished for lack of funding.

Within a year the company plans to give PBS a proposal for revamping the series and making it with a new creative team, said Jinny Goldstein, former PBS senior v.p. of education and recently named v.p. of education and strategy for Educate Products Division.

Jeopardy Wants LIBRARIANS...

You could be the next Ken-Jen!

Jeopardy (Q - which TV program provides some of the best entertainment on the tube?) is looking for librarians to sign up as contestants.

From Sony Entertainment: "We're coming to Boston, Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, NYC, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, DC. We're looking for contestants and we'd love to have librarians and library lovers try out -- please go to: Jeopardy Tryouts.
To register for our upcoming contestant search; appointments are limited, so register soon."

Thanks to Pub-Lib and Stephanie Stokes for the heads up.

CBS fined $3.6 Mill over Teen Orgy Show in 04

Sex Engines Web writes "The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy _indecency"


Oprah Dismisses Claims About Frey Memoir

Oprah Winfrey broke her silence about James Frey's disputed memoir of addiction, "A Million Little Pieces," dismissing allegations of falsehoods as "much ado about nothing" and urging readers who have been inspired by the book to "Keep holding on."
Frey, in his first interview since The Smoking Gun story came out, acknowledged he had embellished parts of the book but said that was common for memoirs and defended "the essential truth" of "A Million Little Pieces."


<em>Reading Rainbow</em> seeks support

From Reading Today Daily :

Reading Rainbow, that venerable children's program that has promoted the love of reading among youngsters since 1983, faces a funding crisis, reports Twila Liggett, the program's executive producer and founder. With that in mind, a "Save Reading Rainbow" website has been launched. There, program supporters can sign an online petition of support, prepare a testimonial letter, or make a donation. For further details visit the new website.

At the Save Reading Rainbow site, there's also swag to buy, tools for spreading the word, and Save Reading Rainbow banners you can snag and post on your blog.

Analog TVs may be useless on April 7th 2009 writes "Senate Commerce Committee staffers have drafted a bill setting April 7, 2009 -- -- as the date to end nationwide analog TV broadcasts and complete the switch to digital transmission.Millions of people who watch traditional, over-the-air analog broadcasts on sets with antennas will have to buy new digital TVs or set-top converter boxes to keep getting signals.Congressional aides said they settled on the deadline -- which falls one day after the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championships -- so as not to cut off any TV viewers at the height of the popular college basketball tournament.Washinton Post Has More"


Arizona Librarian To Play On Jeopardy

The Reader's Shop writes " Reports On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 Carol Hager, a 10 year old librarian at Thunderbird High School in Arizona will appear on the network game show Jeopary. Read more about Hager, in Jeopary lingo in this article from The Arizona Republic. Hager, of Peoria, was among Valley residents who, in April, passed the popular game show's screening test. The self-proclaimed Jeopardy fanatic became a contestant in a show taped in July. She described it as an "out-of-body experience." "


Don't Miss the Book TV Bus

C-SPAN's new Book TV Bus takes off from Washington, D.C. in September, slated for 20+ stops at bookstores, libraries, and book festivals in the East, Southeast, and Midwest. The 45-foot coach is a mobile television production studio. Its mission? To promote Book TV's nonfiction book programming, which airs every weekend on C-SPAN2.

See the Book TV Bus schedule and other details here; check back for added dates and locations. In fact, if you're interested in hosting a Bus visit @ your library, submit a request to [email protected]. In your email, include:

  • The date, time and location of your event
  • A brief description of the event
  • Why you would like the Bus to be there

(Thanks to the Bookstore Tourism Blog for the tip.)


Got Choice TV? : IPTV

GregS* writes "From the article:

But now there is another option — that is, if our government doesn’t stifle progress with excessive regulation. TV fans can look toward a new service called IPTV — Internet protocol television. It’s high-tech TV delivered via your computer. According to the Aug. 8, 2005, issue of Fortune magazine, this technology can “deliver to consumers just the video content they want, when they want it, rather than broadcasting every program to millions of homes.�

IPTV = redefining library collections."


Actor James Doohan, Dies Aged 85

Canadian-born actor James Doohan has died at the age of 85. Mr. Doohan is best known for his work on the United States television program Star Trek.
Born in Vancouver in March 1920, Doohan was raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Mr. Doohan was a member of Royal Canadian Artillery and participated in the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach. During the battle he was wounded six times and lost his middle right finger. Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane.

After the Second World War, Doohan became an actor, beginning on radio dramas in 1946. In 1966 he was cast as Montgomery Scott chief engineer aboard the fictional USS Enterprise. It was a role that stuck with Mr. Doohan through the rest of his career. Mr Doohan was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering for inspiring countless students into the engineering and science fields.

Mr. Doohan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Wende. A BBC tribute page, where users can submit thoughts and reminisces about the actor can be found here.



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