The catch phrase “Book ‘em, Danno” will take on a new meaning as the city bolsters its child literacy efforts by stocking police substations and cruisers with reading materials for children and families.
In a time where American schools are being surpassed by other developed nations, attacking good, creative, educational programs is not the way to get the United States back on top. The ALA would like to work further with Senator Coburn and his staff so he too can understand, just like us librarians and library supporters, on what libraries can do to better our communities. This very small amount of federal dollars was not waste, but rather new and creative ways to get teens and young readers excited about the public library, reading, and science.
The little man walked home .4 miles (uphill) from the library clutching his new train book like this.
At street crossings we’d trade: he took my hand and I took the book (it was too heavy/unwieldy for him to carry with one arm), then once we were safely across the road he’d say, “Can I see my train book please?”
While I believe in keeping things age appropriate for young readers, I don’t believe in banning books. This weekend, my daughter and I both read ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET by Judy Blume (an often challenged book) And I intend to read a few more challenged books this week ;-) How about you?