Literacy Statement Response

“The International Association for School Librarianship’s (IASL) Executive Board composed a response to the International Literacy Association (ILA) Position Statement entitled: “Children’s Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction” <https://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/where-we-stand/ila-childrens-rights-to-excellent-literacy-instruction.pdf>. Please read IASL’s response to ILA https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x5tWQNormku0u5xA1AbIXr3VQxcCFbN-/view?usp=sharing. If you support IASL’s response, please sign here and indicate your literacy associations to express your […]

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School Library Association India

School librarians in India have established a new national association. They are moving ahead slowly but steadily. The association is planning to organize its first annual conference in February at Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. For details, go to https://indianschoollibraryassociationonline.wordpress.com/author/islaorgin/

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National Book Awards 2019

The National Book Foundation has announced its book award finalists for 2019. In the young people’s literature, the finalists include: Pet (A. Emezi), Look Both Ways (J. Reynolds), Patron Saints of Nothing (R. Ribay), Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (L. Ruby). Finalists in four other categories have also been […]

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Australian Reading House Bridges a Cultural Divide

The Australian Reading Hour, in which Australians of all ages are encouraged to drop everything and read a book for a specified hour each year, was last week. This year’s event held special significance for the indigenous Binjari community because libraries participating in the program featured a children’s book — […]

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Book for Families on Making Reading Fun

Pamela Paul and Maria Russo have written a new book How to Raise a Reader by Workman Publishing: a practical guide for parents and other adults who interact with young people. It emphasizes reading as a pleasurable activity. The authors address each developmental age in their many tips,and  the last […]

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Why Reading Books Is Good For You

The World Economic Forum provides five research-based reasons why reading books is good for you:  longer life, more efficient knowledge gain, greater literacies, better vocabulary, better brain maintenance. For details, read https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/06/5-reasons-why-reading-books-is-good-for-you

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Prison Libraries and Lifelong Learning

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) published this week the first UNESCO publication on prison libraries, highlighting their contribution to the personal development and education of incarcerated adults and young people.   Books beyond bars: The transformative potential of prison libraries, written by Lisa Krolak, UIL’s Chief Librarian, will […]

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