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Library cuts are forcing tough decisions on children’s books in Miami-Dade

“Third graders love reading about Lulu and her habit of adopting strays, be it a duck in a park or a cat in a bag. The fictional seven-year-old’s strong following made her latest adventure, “Lulu and the Dog by the Sea,” an easy pick for Elizabeth Pearson, head of children’s titles for the Miami-Dade library system. Then came the tough decision: Which libraries wouldn’t get the popular book?” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success

“Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.” (via IMLS)

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Responsible borrowing is part of library’s lesson

“Everyday life experiences can teach children lessons – even hard lessons. Unfortunately, the Free Library of Philadelphia is giving up an opportunity to teach its younger patrons a lesson about responsibility. Beginning July 1, the library plans to stop fining children who fail to return books on time. Well-meaning librarians in neighborhood branches recommended eliminating the fines to avoid cutting off poor youngsters seeking library services. Some believe the children are returning books late for reasons beyond their control.”(via Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Children’s Library Fee Bill Defeated

“A Council committee defeated a bill Wednesday that would have thwarted the Free Library of Philadelphia’s plan to eliminate late fees for children – a move recommended by librarians to prevent cutting off poor children from library services. Councilman David Oh, the primary sponsor, said about $70,000 of the $400,000 in late fees collected last year came from children’s books and material. He said individual librarians have the freedom to forgive late fees if they believe families cannot afford to pay – although a librarian who later testified disputed that she had that power.” (via Philly.com)

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Overbooked: Lincolnwood Library swamped with kids after school

“When the clock strikes 3:30 on weekday afternoons, librarians at the Lincolnwood Public Library bid farewell to their so-far quiet day and brace for chaos. That’s when the hectic after-school period begins, when more than 100 youngsters swarm across the street and into the doors of the library to burn off pent-up energy, socialize, and play computer games. Sometimes, they do a little homework.” (via Lincolnwood Review)

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Children’s Library Discovery Center: Queens’ youngest readers find science in the stacks

NY Daily News – “It’s hard to remember to use your library voice when examining bugs up close with a giant magnifying glass. Then again, the Children’s Library Discovery Center isn’t your typical library. Designed for kids under 12, the two-story, 25,000-square-foot addition to the Queens Central Library in Jamaica aims to bring science to the stacks. With 19 interactive tabletop exhibits – including the popular bug viewer, fossil replicas and brightly colored 3-D animal cell diagrams – the Discovery Center encourages hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering and math.”

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The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules

NYT – “The stylistic eccentricities of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein and Theodor Geisel, a k a Dr. Seuss, are so much a part of the childhood vernacular today that it’s hard to imagine their books were once considered by some to be wholly inappropriate for children. Yet these three authors — who each have a new book coming out this month in what can only be described as a Seussian coincidence (“But, see! We are as good as you. Look! Now we have new books, too!”) — challenged the conception of what a children’s book should be. And children’s literature, happily, has never been the same.”

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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

Opinionator – “When we imagine people without books, we think of villagers in places like Afghanistan. But many families in the United States have no children’s books at home. In some of the poorest areas of the country, it’s hard to find books for sale. A study (pdf) of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia, for example, found a ratio of one book for sale for every 300 children. Tens of millions of poor Americans can’t afford to buy books at all.”

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Safety cops hunt killer books

NY Post – “Northrup is one of four commissioners at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. She is also a former Republican congresswoman from Kentucky. And right now she wants people to know about a crazy law that will soon — among other things — make it illegal for libraries to lend old books to children under 13 years old.”

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OnGuardOnline.gov Off to a Fast Start with Online Child Safety Campaign

FTC – “The Federal Trade Commission today reported to Congress that it is getting the word out about Internet safety for children by aggressively promoting a new booklet, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, to schools, police and sheriff’s departments, and PTAs nationwide.”

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