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In a wave that seems to be sweeping the country, citizens of Auburn, NY have been asked to read the same book. The chosen title is, \"A Lesson Before Dying\" by Ernest Gaines. The objective of the program, according to the chairwoman is \"to get people talking about a common experience. This will bring individuals, who might not have ever had the opportunity to meet each other, together to share their feelings and come to know each other in a relatively neutral setting while talking about the same topic.\" Some other cities around the country who have started this type of program include Chicago, Seattle, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, and more. More
There\'s a new library program that\'s being promoted across the country. It involves children, books and dogs. The program is designed to strengthen children\'s reading skills by having them read aloud to man\'s best friend. More
The New York Times is reporting that the Dead Sea Scrolls are ready for publication. The announcement is supposed to be made today at the New York Public Library. According to the article, they don\'t prove, or negate, the existence of Christ. They do, however, provide insight into Jewish history. More
Publishers\' Page Of Shame.This is a collaborative list of new books purchased by Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.
They say publishers and others in the book industry ARE checking it and it is having an impact.
For The Mercury News, someone writes...
\"Of all the gifts I will buy this holiday season, none will be as rewarding as the gift of reading: a book for an underprivileged child. I\'ll never meet the kid who receives it. I won\'t be there when he turns the first page. And someone else will see him smile. But I know this much: I\'ll be smiling anyway. When you give a book to Gift of Reading, it doesn\'t just go under the Christmas tree with the toys. They go to reading programs at libraries, schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. These groups distribute the books to children. They also teach parents, some of whom barely can read themselves, how to read to their children. When you give the gift of reading, you also are helping to end the cycle of illiteracy.\" More
Charlotte.com is running This AP Story on Simon & Schuster killing a deal between RosettaBooks, a start-up e-book publisher, and iBooks.
They sued Rosetta for copyright infringement for gaining electronic rights and offering versions of Kurt Vonnegut\'s \"Slaughterhouse-Five\" and seven other works the publisher had issued in paper form.
\"It hurts the authors and it hurts the reading public\'s opportunity to enjoy these books,\" Klebanoff said.
This Findlaw Story, sent in By James Nimmo, says Alabama is maintaining its distinction as the only state where biology textbooks include a sticker warning students that evolution is a \"controversial theory\" they should question.
The statement says in part that evolution is \"a controversial theory. ... Instructional material associated with controversy should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.\"
jen writes \"Just how big a deal is \'\'The Lord of the Rings\'\' in New Zealand, where
native-son director Peter Jackson shot the three movies back-to-back? In
September, the government created a cabinet-level position to help the
tiny country piggyback on the films\' presumed success to lure more
tourists and filmmakers. The first \'\'Minister of Lord of the Rings\'\' -- as the
Kiwi press has dubbed him -- is Pete Hodgson, 51, who also serves as
minister of energy and of science, research, and technology.
Full EW Week Story \"
jen writes \"Months before the recent attacks on the United States, Hameeda Qadafi\'s students at Pershing Elementary School in University City wrote and illustrated a book about peace and how to make the world better.
Last week, representatives of Scholastic, a children\'s book publishing company, said that the book had been picked from 2,000 entries nationwide to win a national contest. The company has published 50,000 copies of the book, which will be sold at school book fairs and in bookstores.
Full Story over at SLToday.\"