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Stan Berenstain on NPR

NPR has an audio feed available on the late Stan Berenstain. Along with hearing the writer and illustrator in a previous interview, Books of Wonder  store owner Peter Glassman shares his thoughts on The Berenstain Bear creators.

R.I.P. Stan

(picture courtesy of http://www.berenstainbears.com/)Stan Berenstain, Children's Book Author, Dies – Developed 'Berenstain Bears' Series With Dr. Seuss (via AOL.com)

Start Em Young

If you thought learning how to cite sources started in the middle school years, the Yahooligans Teachers Guide

Wikipedia Fears

http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/2005/11/wikipedia-on-inherent-evil-of.html

A Snippet In 9

If you're one of those people who are against the "online, trying- to- cut-corners, reading generation," you'll enjoy the article, Killing the written word by snippets by Naomi S. Baron,  professor of linguistics at American University in Washington (via Kevin Drum, whose post on the topic generated 142 comments) Here are few snippets from the article, "Today's snippet literacy [...]

Paging Through The Fears

"The University Place School District removed Hartinger's novel "Geography Club" from its libraries because the superintendent fears it could encourage teens to do something dangerous, specifically to meet in person some adult pervert they hooked up with on the Internet."  (A fine line between censorship and protecting our kids) by Jerry Large. It seems like the [...]

Blogs and Books The Fear Factor

A fine line between censorship and protecting our kids  by Jerry Large "The University Place School District removed Hartinger's novel "Geography Club" from its libraries because the superintendent fears it could encourage teens to do something dangerous, specifically to meet in person some adult pervert they hooked up with on the Internet."  It seems like [...]

Their Day Is Never Done

Nick Green from the Daily Breeze reports on patrons at the Palos Verdes Library District  having access to a live reference librarian 24/7 (I hope they rotate the night-shift).  "Services like these, he writes, and others are creating a virtual library branch complementing the existing brick-and-mortar versions the library boasts in Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes." [...]

Giving Thanks For RSS

This is actually a second posting I've written about RSS  this week and I am MOST grateful for it. I'm also reflecting on my 4-hour hands-on workshop from last week, where I was asked repeatedly by attendees, "What's RSS?" Now, I did explain its meaning but you can always tell when the "meaning" doesn't register.  And after yesterday, I realized there are far better explanations on [...]

A Few Helpful Tips For Teachers

Over at the Amy loves books blog, Amy Jurskis from Tri Cities High School offers a unique tip for teachers who struggle with the often stressful task of having students read aloud.  It's a very clever game to rid the student's anxiety she calls "Pass The Poe." She writes… "The rules are simple: 1. If you [...]