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An Interesting Story From Thailand on children, and books.
They say According to the Library Association of Thailand, Thai students read only five books a year. That averages less than one book in two months. Moreover, half of these five books are supplementary reading mandated by their schools.
They say this is due to a number of troubles.
Good PR for The Washington County (OR) Cooperative Library Services, in the Beaverton News, in the form of an interview with Angela Reynolds, youth services librarian.
Starting next month, Reynolds will offer a free class on \"How to Pick the Best Books for Your Children\" at six libraries within the county system.
Sometimes I suggest a book on tape, because I can tell they just don\'t want to read. If you can hook them on the tape, if they get into the fact that there\'s a story there, they might go \"Oh, I like that.\"
Slashdot pointed the way to This BBC Story that says disturbing evidence is emerging that computers may harm, rather than help, educational progress. There is still much debate among even the most enthusiastic supporters of high technology about how computers can best be used.
The Text transcript is online.
The organizations are doing good, but libraries should at least get a mention. After all, we do provide access to a virtually unlimited amount of children\'s books at no charge.\"
A cute, heart-warming antidote to articles about Harry Potter protests:
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg writes about borrowing the video of Bergman\'s The Seventh Seal from the library, at the insistance of his 7-year-old son. As a follow-up, the Jewish lad asks dad to read him the Book of Revelation.
\"The International Children\'s Digital Library is a place where kids all over the world can find lots of books from many different countries. It\'s a place where kids can read as much as they want without having to pay a lot of money or travel very far to find the books. If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you can see books from places like Croatia, Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and more!
SomeOne writes \"(The New York Times is reporting on a new Web site called the International Children\'s Digital Library (icdlbooks.org ) which is making children\'s books available for free on the Web. The books, targeting children from ages 3 to 13, reflect several cultures and are available in different languages. (Currently the ICDL site requires a direct Internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL; telephone dial-up connection is expected in 2003.) \"
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This One that says it\'s important for parents to spend time with their children when they are surfing the Internet to help them find what they are looking for and read to them if need be -- as well as protect them from inappropriate content. \"Parents should teach their kids about Internet safety and surf the Net with their kids whenever possible,\" says Ms. Voors of the ALA, who is also head of children\'s services at the Allen County, Ind., public library. It\'s like learning to swim, she says. \"Sure, parents teach their kids to swim, but they don\'t let them swim alone.\"
\"As Dorothy McClung sat in her fourth-grade class last week, her principal came in and asked her for the library books she had checked out earlier in the day.
Nine-year-old Dorothy, a student at Platte Valley Elementary School, isn’t allowed to check out books from her school library because her mother didn’t pay the required $40 library fee. Read More.
\"Six out of 10 youngsters questioned knew the term \'homepage\' meant the introduction to a website yet only 9% could explain the meaning of a preface in a book.\"
To be honest, I can\'t tell you the difference between a preface, a foreword, and an introduction. How many people on the street can?
\"The results come in a survey of 1,000 seven to 16-year-olds questioned by NOP Research across the UK for MSN.\"
Small sample, large age range. And what does Microsoft have to gain by these results?
\"Youngsters\' reliance on the internet suggests fewer are heading to their local public library to do research. In the poll 25% said the net was their first port of call for help with homework.\"
The statement is probably true, but doesn\'t necessarily follow from the statistic. Just because students go to the Internet first doesn\'t mean they don\'t get to the library eventually.
I\'d really like to see more detailed results and a sample of the survey form on this one. Anybody have more substantial information available?