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Anonymous Patron writes "BBC News has a bit more on the Ofsted report. Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo says instilling a "joy of reading" in young children would help address a widening gap in primary school reading standards.
The award-winning author of more than 60 children's books made his comments after education inspectors said "urgent action" was needed to close the gap."
A couple stories from search-engines-web.com on Maria Shriver who visited a Sacramento elementary school Thursday afternoon to promote a new reading program, and while there sat down for a one-on-one interview with KCRA 3's David Beinick. Sacramento Bee and thekcrachannel.com have more.
search-engines-web.com sends this holiday heartwarmer from Illinois about a Christmas tree at the Morris Library that is used to raise moneny for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
The program asks for monetary donations that will be given to the women's shelters in the name of each child. This is the third year Morris Library has housed the tree. Last year, the charitable effort raised $5,000 -- a goal (Representative Glenn)Poshard wants to see surpassed this season."This is something we can not give these children without your help," Poshard said.
In Lincoln Nebraska, children in the first and second grade are giving thanks a couple of days early...for the gift of books given to them by The Harvest of Books, an annual tradition since 1996.
Children bounced up and down. Some clapped. Some gasped and squealed with delight. And all of them had trouble waiting for their turn to stop at the book tables and pick out the three books that would soon become their own. Story from the Lincoln Journal Star .
Fun idea for the end of Children's Book week in Albany, Oregon...a shushing contest @ the library. Stories, puppet shows and other activities were also part of the celebration. A brother and sister (of course) tried to outdo one another in the shushing department, but you'll have to read the article to see the outcome.
In attempt to make their children's areas more safe, Orange County (FL) libraries are no longer allowing adults without children to loiter in its children's area. While adults will be able to select materials, they will not be allowed to loiter. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) says they think that this is one of the first official policies of its kind, but anticipate that more libaries will follow suit. More here from the Herald Tribune.
National Children's Book Week has arrived and with it
Children's Book Week is observed from Nov. 15 to 21. This is the 85th year for the annual observance. What's your library doing?
search-engines-web.com wites "A 9-year-old Bronx boy who is mentally and physically disabled was told he could not have a library card - because he cannot write his own name. Yesterday, after The News got involved, Public Library officials called to say Christian - any disabled child, in fact - is entitled to a library card of his own regardless of his ability to write his name.
"The staff made a mistake," said Susan Kent, director and chief executive of the NYPL's 85 branch libraries, who apologized repeatedly for the incident. "I am embarrassed. It is just a dreadful mistake."NY Daily News Has The Story"
Anonymous Patron writes "From Trinidad News, in Trinidad and Tobago , Professor Selwyn Cudjoe said on Saturday that the literature being used in schools is contributing to violence. In his speech, Prof Cudjoe said that development could not be measured in terms of income or wealth in terms of what kind of society we want to create by 2020 and asked the question how could our education system contribute to development.
He said, "Half the young people in schools are asked to read Shane, which is one of the violent books in American history. It perpetuates a culture of violence.""
Another story about dogs in libraries helping kids improve their reading skills, this one from the Shenandoah County Library.