“On the banks of picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, sits the only library in the neighborhood, run by a man who loves books but cannot read. In a single-story wooden house, carefully maintained shelves are filled with around 600 books in several languages, the prize possessions of Muhammad Latif Oata, a 44-year-old handicrafts seller who dropped out of school at age 10 to work.” (via NYTimes.com)
“We all know that the more you read the more fluent you become, which in turn leads not only to increased literacy skills but also to improved attainment in all subjects. But, it seems, proof and evidence of this impact has eluded the reading profession for many years. This may be the reason why school libraries have been on the decline, with schools favouring to focus their energies on areas that can display this elusive impact. At Monk’s Walk School, Hertfordshire, we’ve worked on this area, knowing there must be some way a library can show the impact it has on literacy development. If this value and impact can be seen, not only does this move a library alongside other departments in a school but it may also go some way to holding back the decline of this vital resource.”
USA Today – CHICAGO – On the ground floor of the city’s main library, an odd experiment is taking place, one that could determine what your neighborhood library looks like in 10 years. It goes like this: Take a very large room and fill it with the latest digital media — laptop computers, music keyboards, recording equipment, video cameras and gaming consoles. Invite teenagers. Apply a little pressure, pushing them both to consume and produce media. Watch what happens. Once a storage room at the Harold Washington Library Center, the high-ceiling, 5,500-square-foot space, dubbed “YOUmedia — a Digital Library Space for Teens,” has become a magnet for young people citywide, so popular and influential that the library plans to replicate it citywide.”
AP – “Once upon a time, there was a bookstore. One day, the bookstore went away and reopened online with a new name and a mission to combat childhood illiteracy.
The rest of the story of year-old e-tailer MonkeyReader.com is still being written but its founders hope the ending will be happy — and successful. “We’re beginning, we’re growing, we have a lot of great ideas,” co-founder David Lenett of the venture, a successor of the Discovery Bookshop, a popular Philadelphia children’s bookstore that closed in the 1990s and became an online storefront that evolved into the more interactive MonkeyReader site.”
AP – “A new Commerce Department website aims to give schools, libraries and job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to Americans who are new to the Net.
The site, www.digitalliteracy.gov , offers links to everything from basic Web surfing tips and online banking tutorials to resume-building services and resources on combatting cyberbullying. It is part of an Obama administration push to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet connections and the skills needed to use them to compete in today’s digital economy.”