The American Rescue Act and Libraries!

Did you think the most recently passed “Stimulus Act,” (official title – American Rescue Act) would include funding for libraries?  Probably not, but it does!! $200 million, yes, that’s right, $200 million is to be allocated to the Institute of Museum and Library Services!  Such allocation is the largest in the agency’s 25-year history!  $178 … Continued

LIBRARIES, PURVEYORS OF CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND DEMOCRACY!

As we enter a week tainted by the impeachment trial of former President Trump, we need to consider how democracy is most aptly perpetuated. One abstract answer is: with due diligence, for, as Franklin noted, we have a Republic only “if we can keep it.” One MAJOR concrete way we collectively “keep” our democracy, however, … Continued

OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT

Bruce Cole, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, noted:  “Only by understanding our rich and complex history – with its proud and not so proud moments, with its great leaders and simple everyday heroes – can we strengthen what holds us … Continued

Patience as a Virtue!

During this year’s Coronavirus pandemic, our nation’s adult population is NOT practicing many of the “character” traits taught in elementary school, if truth be told.  Sure, we are working hard to find a cure or a treatment.  We are caring for the sick and manufacturing PPE.  We are re-evaluating commerce and trade.  Yet, how are … Continued

Let Literacy Be Thy Focus!

Parents and educators, NCBLA understands that during a public health crisis AND a time of societal upheaval it is very hard to focus on matters of literacy.  However, due to the importance of literacy, and the manner in which high literacy levels help us “back out of” societal ills, let us think of ways we … Continued

Where is Education and Literacy in our Public Conversations?

Have you heard a great deal about our Nation’s reading levels, education status, or literacy of any kind – civic, media, or communicative – during this campaign season?  Probably not.  As The Atlantic (Adam Harris) said last fall, “substantive conversation about the fundamental reform of education in America (is taking) a back seat to health … Continued

Anti-Intellectualism and Solutions Thereto?

No matter your political leanings, if you are watching any of the impeachment trial, take a look at the tables for the two sides.  On the House table, there is ream after ream of evidence and books and papers.  On the President’s table is just a few notebooks.  Also, listen to the speeches.  The House … Continued

Thoughts (Solutions?) on the Recent NAEP Exams

Unfortunately, recent National Assessment of Educational Progress exams reveal disturbing patterns. In more than half of these united states, 8th grade student reading scores declined.  In seventeen states, 4th grade reading scores dropped.  Overall, only 35 percent of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, down from 37 percent in 2017; 34 percent of … Continued

Remember Fun Books During National Literacy Month!

September is National Literacy Month!  Have you perused the creative and varied ways literacy-based organizations are celebrating the month? If so, you will have picked up on an interesting tidbit; there is not a body that sponsors and promotes the day, as in Read Across America or Teen Read Week (perhaps such sponsorship is a … Continued

Promoting Reading As School Starts Back

August and September are hectic months for educators, students, and parents.  Classes are starting again, and many times the fun summer reading habit is placed on the back burner, unfortunately.  What can students, parents, and educators do to keep engaged reading habits flowing amidst curricular “rigor,” soccer practice and games, and this traditional time of … Continued