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Anonymous Patron writes "One From thedesertsun.com on Gina Wilkersonâ€™s campaign to donate personalized books to every kindergarten class in the 17 elementary schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District. Now she just has to convince local businesses to sign on to fund the project."
The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "It all started when Manish Kaushal, spotted something wrong with a whale in his textbook. The keenly observant third grade student realized that a picture of a whale was incorrectly identified as a humpback. Though his classroom teacher was skeptical, Manish pressed on. Another student, Amy Zahn, agreed to help. With Amy's assistance and a trip to the local library, he was proven right. With evidence of the error in hand, their teacher encouraged them to write the publisher Harcourt. The publisher agreed, saying that they were right and the mistake would be corrected in the next edition."
An Anonymous Patron writes "http://buffalonews.com/editorial/20040919/1060033. asp
Thousands of area students will speak in a single voice next month as they attempt to set a world record for the number of students reading aloud simultaneously.
At 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13, in classrooms throughout the region, the youngsters will read "Hug O War," a brief poem by the late Shel Silverstein.
The plan is to establish a Guinness world record, breaking the old mark set in 2000, when 3,701 British students read the poem "Word," by Patience Agbabi."
Featuring fifteen beloved pets of the children of Glenco IL, Pets on Parade managed to entertain the crowd during the last lazy days of August.
This was the third annual show sponsored by the Glenco Public Library.
Each child brought an animal and introduced the pet to their peers. Children's librarian Janet Hauser said the roster included medium-sized dogs, a bearded dragon, a gerbil and a quartet of hermit crabs. Children also learned a thing or two from their local animal control officer, who spoke on the subject of pet safety, maintenance and vaccinations.
Here's the link: Pioneer Press .
(Ed: where were the cats?)
The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "Score one for literacy this week, as kids in the greater Washington DC area received a donation of 100,000 books. The books were donated by Verizon, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and First Book--a national nonprofit organization that provides children from low-income families with the chance to read and own their first new books. The books were distributed to groups from Washington, Maryland, and Virginia."
A popular children's reading library slated to close next month for financial reasons may be saved.
Coral Springs, Florida officials have devised a plan that would cover the West Atlantic Library's operating budget and lease while creating a city-county partnership that would make the library eligible for state grant money, according to Coral Springs Mayor Rhon Ernest-Jones. The city sent the proposal to Broward County Administrator Roger Desjarlais this week. Read More.
To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, an 18-year-old
Valhalla, NY High School student collected more than 1,000 books through donations to set up a children's library in her hometown at Easter Seals Project Explore, a center that offers a variety of programs to children with disabilities. Says Rea Davidson, the school nurse at Easter Seals, "I know the kids appreciate it when they open a book and begin reading and enjoying it. She's done a wonderful thing." Read More.
Biblia, the Warrior Librarian writes "New Zealand has just started a new scheme to promote literacy - "Books for New Zealand Babies". Interestingly, as part of the campaign they "... will produce Baby Bookpacks in consultation with Kidz First, comprising a free book and reading tips, to be distributed to parents of premature and critically ill babies in the neonatal unit, with the goal of encouraging them to read to their newborns..."
Read the whole article at scoop.co.nz
So, is anyone running an in-utero reading program? Or should literacy foundations be laid during conception?
Lakeville MN children's librarian Jenifer Wagner goes head to head with Tom Fletcher, owner of a local toy store, Essence of Nonsense, in a contest to see who gets all the marbles. The match is also a good opportunity to teach the language and lore of marbles, and the common expressions that are a part of play. The article in the Sun Current ends with a nice little glossary.
The International Childrenâ€™s Digital Library is a project of the U of MD and the Internet Archive. It's purpose is to make freely available a collection of more than 10,000 books in at least 100 languages via the web. Read all about it.