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Little Librarian Kit

This mini library set works just like the real thing. Credit: Uncommon Goods
Encourage your child's love of reading with the Little Librarian Kit, complete with everything she needs to turn her book collection into a mini library. ...
The set includes a reading journal so she can keep track of her favorite volumes.

Read to Kids Often to Encourage a Love of Books

Make reading time family time. Credit: Getty Images
When is a good time to read to your child? Any time! Even if you can only read to your child 10 minutes a day, they will reap the benefits from that time and the books you read. As a...

Can a Mom Leave Her Kid Alone at the Library for Three Minutes?

The mother was at the library with her 5-year-old, the library where they go every week, in Rochester, New York. So why did this Terrible Parenting Moment have to happen? They had only a few minutes before they had to leave to pick up Daughter...

Dewey The Library Cat Gets a Movie Deal, Meryl Streep Signs on to Play Librarian

Vicki Myron has published another children's book about Dewey, the kitten she rescued from her library's drop box. Credit: Hachette Book Group, USA
He grew up entertaining the children who tromped into an Iowa library for story hour, so it was...

Old Books - A New Source of Lead Poisoning?

When you think about dangerous books, what comes to mind? That classic list of banned books, titles like "Of Mice and Men" and "Brave New World?" Or newer controversial books, like the Harry Potter series or "King and King?" How about that lovely...

New Law May Eviscerate Libraries

What if you walked into your local public library and there were no books for kids? Or, worse yet, what if your children simply weren't allowed in the library? I don't know about you, but the public library was an integral part of my childhood. We're...

Banned Book Week starts September 26th

When I was a sophomore in high school, my 70-year-old literature teacher sat down on the edge of her desk, curled her fingers -- ruined by years of arthritis -- together and stared at us all. Then she swore -- one very bad word (to us), very loud and...

Woman refuses to return library books, goes to JAIL

Let this be a lesson to us all. If you're going to borrow library books from your local library, please be reminded that "borrow" is the operative word. You get a library card (generally for free) and thereby enter into an agreement wherein said...

Uncle Bobby under fire again

Colorado librarian James LaRue has gotten another challenge to Uncle Bobby's Wedding, the book about a little girl guinea pig's concerns that her uncle won't play with her after he gets married. The idea is simple enough -- Young Chloe loves her...

Libraries doing well in poor economy

Have you hugged your librarian today? Now is a better time than ever to at least go in and say hi (you might want to save the hug for another time). Ohio librarians are reporting that libraries are more popular than ever, due in part to a struggling...

Video game design for kids

Video games and kids -- you can argue about whether or not they make a good combination, but there's no question that the latter loves the former. But even if you don't approve of playing video games, writing them is certainly a different story....

Move over, Tango, Uncle Bobby's here

For two years straight, And Tango Makes Three was the top most challenged library book, according to the American Library Association. This year, however, another book might just take that dubious honor away. Uncle Bobby's Wedding is a story of a...

Programmers at Johns Hopkins U told to omit "abortion" from health database

Database programmers at famed Johns Hopkins University have admitted they were instructed to leave the word "abortion" out of searches in a public database on reproductive health. The admission came after several federal officials raised questions...

Library books or dope - same difference

When Ellie and I go to the public library, we check out about 20 books at a time. I am a stickler for being on time for everything, so we always get the books back to the library by the due date. Except that one time when we mixed up some school...

Gettin' jiggy at the library

Some folks think that the library -- a stodgy place filled with dusty books -- is an outdated concept in this era of the internet and computers. I would strongly disagree. In my eyes, the library has always been about being a shared resource, not...

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