Reading Event in Philly

Encouraging Our Sons to Read     

Monday, October 29, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Exciting, compassionate and highly motivated to improve the quality of life for children in the United States and abroad are just a few adjectives used to describe David C. Miller. As a co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer for the Urban Leadership Institute, LLC.,  Miller is the author of Dare to be King: What If The Prince Lives? A Survival Workbook for African American Males (August 2003), Lessons I learned From My Father: A Collection of Quotes From Men of African Descent (June 2004) and DADDY’S GIRL: Remembering Advice From My Father (May 2006).

Patrick M. Oliver is founder of the Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series and was the program director for the Open Book Program a citywide after-school reading project. Mr. Oliver was also director of Sales and Marketing at Third World Press the country’s oldest Black independent publisher. He is co-founder of the Black Male Development Symposium. His literary projects have been featured on Black Entertainment Television, CBS, Comcast, CSPAN BookTV, National Public Radio, NBC and in publications such as Ebony and Essence Magazines. Mr. Oliver is publisher and editor of the Essence Magazine Best Selling anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth.
This event is sponsored by the William Penn School District 21st Century Program and Yeadon Public Library.

Celebrating 10 years of Reading, Writing and Telling Our Stories
(312) 287-0415


Entry forms for the 2008 Letters About Literature contest, a national reading-writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores, are now available on the Indiana Center for the Book’s website. The competition calls for entrants to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or their self.

As in previous years, state contest winners will receive a cash award, plaque, and frameable copy of their letter from the Indiana Center for the Book during an awards presentation next spring. Top winners also receive a Target GiftCard and advance to the national level competition. A new prize for this year’s national winners – and one that will hopefully encourage public and school libraries to get young patrons to participate – is a $10,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant for the community or school library of the winner’s choice. National winners will also receive a $500 Target GiftCard. Additionally, the national honorable mention winners will each receive a $100 Target GiftCard and a $1,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant for the community or school library of their choice.

For additional information or to obtain official contest guidelines, entry coupons, or teaching guides, contact the Indiana Center for the Book by phone at (317) 232-3699 or by email, or visit the Letters About Literature website. Letters About Literature is open to legal U.S. residents enrolled as a student in grades 4-12 during 2007/2008 school year and nine (9) years of age or older as of 9/1/07. Contest starts 9/1/07 and ends 12/14/07.

Boys & Girls Clubs Present Retaliation-Violence Prevention Town Hall Meetings


Forums encourage youth to discuss alternatives with experts

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) Metropolitan Police Clubhouses and Youth Activist/Author, Yasmin Shiraz of the Signals Agency present Retaliation-Violence Prevention town hall meetings to promote youth conversations about violence in Washington, DC . These public forums sponsored by BGCGW’s Violence Prevention Initiative will be held at Boys & Girls Clubs in the District to engage police officers, victims, conflict resolution specialists, community activists and youth in a dialogue regarding how violence has affected their lives.  BGCGW programs address significant, life-altering issues facing today’s youth, including crime, teenage pregnancy, poor health and nutrition, and school drop out rates.

  The first two Retaliation Townhalls will take place on October 17, 2007 at Clubhouse #2, 120 M Street, NW, Washington, DC and on October 24, 2007 at Clubhouse #14, 4103 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC. Both events will be held from 5 to 7pm and are open to the public. Participating youth will receive a complimentary copy of Ms. Shiraz’s Retaliation: a Novel based on discussions facilitated through BGCGW’s teen pregnancy prevention program.

 “In the middle of a self-esteem workshop, I learned that a young lady who was still dealing with the fear of being attacked. I had to stop talking about self esteem and had to begin to talk about violence, frustration, fear and safety,” Shiraz explains. “It made me realize that our youth cannot learn in an environment when they are afraid. They can’t learn about progress when they are worried about being hurt.”

“The Retaliation/Violence Prevention initiative fits within our outreach programming because our children are living out what they see & hear everyday and these forums at the club are geared at letting youth create their own positive frames of references” says Darius Stanton, Regional Vice President Youth have very few opportunities to talk about issues that affect their lives in a public forum.



Rainbow of Reading : Creating lifelong readers in Indiana, the annual conference of the Indiana State Reading Association, is scheduled for Sunday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Indianapolis Convention Center . The conference is packed with exhibits, concurrent sessions, and highlighted speakers talking on a variety of topics related to reading. Special optional features include: “Brunch with Poets“ (Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Cynthia Furlong Reynolds); “Authors Readers Theatre” with book signing and reception (Avi, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Walter Dean Myers, Sarah Weeks), “Honors Banquet” celebrating Reading Rainbow’s 25th anniversary; and “Author Luncheon” (Sharon Draper).


Re-opening to the public this December, the newly renovated Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library is the site of the Indiana State Reading Association preconference, “Literacy’s New Frontier,” on Saturday, March 1. The preconference features informational author, Seymour Simon, and children’s television producer, Liz Nealon. Sessions present new ways that teachers can impact literacy development with their students through the internet, videos, and other digital technology.


The conference is provided in association with the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children, Indiana Reading Professors, and Kappa Delta Pi. For more information or to register, contact Jody Rose at  or 317-788-2113, or Libby Turner at, or 317-791-5721. The deadline to register for the conference is January 31, 2008.


One Indiana school is just waiting to be recognized and rewarded… do you know which one? The Indiana State Reading Association honors an Indiana school – public, private, or parochial – each year with the Exemplary Reading Award. The award recognizes that school’s development of an outstanding school-wide reading program. The award-winning school will receive a $500 cash award and a plaque at the Indiana State Reading Association’s annual conference in March 2008.


So, which school is getting the award in 2008? It could be yours! Nominations are still being accepted. The principal or a designated individual from the school should contact Dr. Judy Roberts at or 812-866-7394 to apply. Applications are due November 15.

New book on multicultural children’s lit

Dr. Donna L. Gilton, associate professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island has written  Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the U.S.  (Scarecrow Press, Inc.) can be purchased from as well as the publisher.  History and controversies of ethnic groups (including emerging groups and ethnic Europeans) and characteristics of the literature various schools of thoughts are included in this exceptional scholarly research.   A must have for all public, school and academic librarians and library school students! (Information provided by:  Ida D. McGhee, MLS, Retired)

source:  BCALA listserve

Save Darfur

What: Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay
When: Sunday, October 14, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: IUPUI, near Pyramid Fountain, off W. New York Street.  Click here for directions 

The Dream for Darfur campaign is a symbolic Olympic Torch Relay from Darfur to Beijing. We lit the first torch this August in eastern Chad, across the border from Darfur. It has since traveled to Rwanda and will continue to places associated with genocide – Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia and Germany – in the coming months, linking atrocities in these countries to the current genocide in Darfur.
The U.S. leg of the Relay kicked off in New York City on September 9. The torch will come to Indianapolis on October 14, and will give local activists an opportunity to pressure China to take immediate action to help end the genocide in Darfur. It will then continue to more than 20 cities across the United States, ending in Washington, D.C. on World Human Rights Day.  
The Indianapolis event will feature:

  • Ibrahim Musa Adam, Darfurian activist
  • Eva Kor, founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum
  • Mustafa Mohamed, child survivor from Darfur
  • Performances by an African dance group and a local ballet troop
  • Performances by local bands BPN and Rythmn Wreckers

A social justice fair will follow the event, which will help you get involved with organizations working for Darfur.
Please join us as we urge the Chinese government to help bring the Olympic motto “One World, One Dream” to Darfur.