Sunday, November 6, 2011

Note to Alan Borsuk: Mobilizing Around Reading is What Librarians Do

But I'm,sure he already knows this.  Just wish he would have acknowledged it in his most recent "On Education" column..

to Marge "Game-Changing" Loch-Wouters blog,
"Tiny Tips for Library Fun"

Game-changing steps needed to improve reading, by Alan Borsuk. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 11/5/2011)

Excerpt: So, what to do? Some brief thoughts:

However much community leaders are pushing reading, it's not enough. We need more mobilization from educators, politicians, pastors and civic leaders around reading.

As for parents, far too many are poor allies of their children's reading skills. More needs to be done to reach them and teach them. Parents, turn off the television a lot more often and read more yourself - it's great modeling for your kids, especially matched with reading aloud to younger kids.

Play Learn Read
Marge Loch-Wouters' blog,
Library Begins “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” Program. (Peshtigo Times)

Wine & Chocolate for a good cause @ the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Happy to add other Wisconsin examples to this post.

1 comment:

Marge Loch-Wouters said...

Thanks for the props! My MPL colleague Ann Hardginski actually brought the original idea of 1000 Books to us. She had read on our PUBYAC listserv about a library out east doing this and got in touch with them. We were thrilled to do it and hope every library considers this kind of pre-school literacy support. Working hand-in-hand with parents can improve kids' reading - and lives!