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Spread the Words

Word is starting to spread about 2010’s Summer Reading Programs. Each year, organizations including bookstores, libraries, and others offer youngsters and teens incentives to keep reading while they’re not attending schools. They do this in a number of ways:

• providing lists of recommended books

• providing a reading community

• making opportunities contact with famous authors

• holding themed, book-related activities and events

• celebrating success

• offering rewards, often—but not always—in the form of books

This year, for example, you might choose to have your child who’s 12 or under enter Borders® Books Double-Dog Dare, in which they can earn a free book by reading 10 books of their choice. Alternatively, children up to 12 could join 2010 Barnes & Noble® Summer Reading—The 39 Clues and earn a free book by reading 8 books, as well as 39 Clues rewards. These are national programs, available to all, but the records that children keep need to be turned in at an appropriately branded book store.

Local libraries are going all out, too. The 2010 Summer Reading Program in the boroughs of New York City—sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library, the Queens Library, and the New York Public Library, Scholastic® and Target®— is more interactive. Here, you can create a profile page with an avatar, review movies, music, and games, as well as books, and see what other kids are reading, viewing, and playing, and what they think about it, as well as earn rewards. Check with libraries in your area to see what they have up their sleeves for the summer.

Folks who work with books are no longer the only ones encouraging kids to read. TD Bank® is sponsoring a Summer Reading Program and—upon reading 10 books—kids 18 and younger can have $10 deposited to a new or existing “Young Saver Account.

To learn more about reading in the summer, have a look at our article “Summer Reading Program.”

Teacher Appreciation

You might be surprised to see an article on teacher appreciation now, when last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers were celebrated in all kinds of ways, and if you didn’t see U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s YouTube® video acknowledging his favorite teacher Mrs. Darlene McCampbell, you might want to have a look.

But just as appreciation of mothers and fathers doesn’t begin and end with Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, appreciation of teachers needn’t stop as the specified dates pass by.

If you’d like to know more about the history of Teacher Day and how it is celebrated around the world, you can check out our article “Teacher Day.” But I’m going to use this post as Secretary Duncan and Mrs. McCampbell used their video to talk with you a little bit about a different way of coming to an appreciation of teachers, and that is by considering the training they go through to become teachers and considering whether you might wish to become a teacher.

There are many different types of teachers, many of whom teach in schools, but some of whom teach in community centers, art galleries, museums, theaters, aquariums, libraries, and other locations. Even “school teachers” may teach in a public school, a charter school, a magnet school, a private school, an independent school, or a homeschool. This doesn’t even begin to acknowledge the wide array of private instructors who teach children how to play instruments, ice skate, ride horses, garden, cook, and other topics that are often learned outside of a regular “school” building.

If you’re considering become a classroom teacher, then a degree from an accredited institution is likely to serve you well, and you may want to have a look at our article “Teaching Degree.”

More and more people are considering teaching as a second career, bringing the experience, training, and expertise from their first career into the classroom. In this case, your state department of education may have a special training and licenser program that bypasses the usual path taken by an aspiring undergraduate. Such programs are a way to change the old saying and make sure that “those who can, teach.”

Internet in Public Libraries

As the internet era began in the early 1990’s (less than 20 years ago, wow) there was a growing concern about how many people would be able to afford to be a part of this new digital world. Hence, in 1996 President Clinton launched the “KickStart Initiative” which was a campaign designed to bring the internet to America’s most established institutuions, namely public schools and public libraries. This program has provided America with a great start to making sure we do not create a “digital division” amongst our nation.

However, as technology continues to change and grow it is important that we grow along with it. Many of our public libraries do not have the funding to have the most up to date computers or the fastest servers which can create a number of issues for the libraries as well as the people who need to use these computers. Many libraries are limited on how many computers they have and the ones they do have take a great deal of time for someone to complete what they need to do. Most libraries have time limits of 30 or 60 minutes to try to alleviate some of the problems. However, this does not allow enough time to say build a resume online, research a project, or complete an online college exam.

Last week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced they would be contributing $7 million to Connected Nation, and others, to help seven states improve their internet service and speed in hopes they can “ensure that all people have the chance to connect to information, education, and economic opportunity”. Please click the links below to learn more about public libraries in these states: (Indicates how many public libraries in each state)
Arkansas (213)
California (1132)
Kansas (379)
Texas (855)
Virginia (374)
Massachusetts (490)
New York (1094)