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Reading matters: Books can make a big difference in a child’s life and school performance

By Jill Barshay The Hechinger Report Literacy experts have long known that reading to toddlers, even babies, can make a big difference in children’s reading abilities later in elementary school. But does simply giving away free books to low-income families with young children help with early reading? An analysis of 44 studies of book giveaway programs concludes that free stuff does work. Dolly Parton’s...

Constance Alexander: Fahrenheit 451 sparks programs about literacy, public libraries, free speech

For a man who wrote stories that make spines tingle and raise hairs on the back of the neck, author Ray Bradbury was a just a regular guy. Sure, he had a fabulous imagination and earned worldwide renown, but his beginnings were humble, his tastes simple, his education unique. “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library,” he said, “and it’s better than college....

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards $100,000 to 15 nonprofits focusing on literacy, early childhood

Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded $100,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations and schools serving Central Kentucky for projects focusing on literacy and early childhood education. These grants were made possible by the MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund at the Community Foundation. Applications for educational projects will again be accepted in July 2019.   Last year, Blue Grass Community...

Constance Alexander: Under any name, vision of Murray Elementary anthology hasn’t waivered

At first it was “Scribbles” and now the title is “Tiger Tales,” but in the years that Murray Elementary School has been publishing its anthology of kids’ art work and writing, the quality, imagination and vision have not wavered. Once again, the 2016 edition – the 28th “Tiger Tales” — is in print and the results speak eloquently about the importance of literacy and the arts. Writings...

25-year game changer: Toyota, NCFL pioneer family literacy initiative; two million families impacted

Lupe Maldonado will tell you, “education is key.” That’s because it’s what helped her and her family create a brighter future. Their story started in a garage in Torrance, Calif., more than 20 years ago. That’s where they lived when they came to the U.S. No bathroom. No running water; a mattress on the bare floor. They covered up the holes to keep out the cold and the mice. While it may...