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During the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C., Random House Audio, and OverDrive recruited individuals that attended the conference to participate in Lend Your Voice, a “community-sourced” audiobook recording of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The recording took place in OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile, on Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27th. The Digital Bookmobile is a community outreach vehicle for public libraries to promote downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the nationally touring vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades.
Random House Audio will edit the recording, to feature as many as 300 voices—including those of Newbery winners Christopher Paul Curtis, Rebecca Stead, Karen Cushman and several other best-selling YA and adult authors—before releasing it as a digital download. When production is completed, the audiobook will be made available for a suggested donation, and all proceeds from those donations will benefit First Book.
Summer Reading: 60 titles for 92 days. Having trouble deciding what to read this season? Let the LA Times help you with a selection, made by the Times’ book editors, of forthcoming titles.
July Reviews of the Latest Spanish-Language Titles for children. This libraryjournal.com article contains numerous reviews for childrens literature appropriate for preschool to high school age students.
The United States Board on Books for Young People Nominates RIF for 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature and the second-largest literature prize in the world. Learn more about this award and the other nominees by going to www.alma.se/en/.
Bill Hanney presents Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck Rhode Island. Visit every Friday from July 2 through August 20th to take part in the Children’s Festival. This festival will feature original music performances, Airborne comedians, and puppet theatre!
Early book satchels used by monks go on display in Edinburgh, Scotland. The leather book satchels have gone on display as part of a three year research project into early Scottish history.
First Book/Le Premier Livre celebrated Education Week in Toronto by distributing over 5,000 books to local students at North Kipling Junior Middle School and St. Bruno’s Catholic School. The much-needed books went to students in these priority neighborhood schools thanks to the financial support of TELUS. Local community partner, Toronto Police 23 Division, was also on site lending a hand.
Visit www.firstbookcanada.org for more information about what First Book is doing in Canada, how programs can receive books and volunteer opportunities.
In 1996, in a synthesis of 39 separate studies, researchers found that the average student, returning to school in September has lost the equivalent of 1.0 to 2.6 months of previous learning—in effect, erasing this amount of learning from their mind. According to the report, the biggest losses occur in the areas of spelling and computational math (multiplication, addition, etc.). The good news for both parents and students is [by having a summer learning plan and acting on it] that this “academic atrophy” can be reduced and even eliminated.
- Rob Stringer, Educational and Parenting Consultant, July 15, 2005
Many parents are unaware of the effect summer break may have on their childs learning achievement. The “summer slide” describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often READ MORE »