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Thursday, April 23, 2009

World Book and Copyright Day

From the news release:
On 23 April 2009, we will celebrate the 14th World Book and Copyright Day, proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 1995 to promote greater awareness of the importance of books in the world.

In order to support the Organization in today’s society, this year international professional associations are once again kindly invited to play an essential role in informing and mobilizing both their members and their external networks of experts and stakeholders.

For this edition of the Day, UNESCO suggests to explore the topic of the paramount function of books for the development of quality education, as well as the link between publishing and fundamental rights.

One of the cool things my wife did this past year was to apply for and receive a $600 minigrant to buy books for her English as a Second Language unit that had been limited by ancient, archaic texts. Even more impressive, she got a publisher to donate - that is, give for free - an almost equal number of books.

Something I know from personal experience is that teachers often spend money out of pocket for books and supplies that they bring to the classroom. In honor of today, perhaps you might contract your local school or PTA to see what books they might need. Or contact your local library; ironically, in a period of increased demand for library services, library budgets are being slashed.

So buy a book, for yourself and/or for someone else.
An action film, Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, will be filmed in part on the streets of Albany. Some folks are up in arms, even though the schedule suggests that it won't disrupt the morning or evening commutes. I think the real issue is that there was NO information at all going out to the general public until a couple days ago about something that begins today, and there is a lot of misinformation floating out there.



Scott said...

Funny that you posted this today. Yesterday, Nigel and I went to Borders. We got two books for Nigel, one for myself, and then were asked to buy a book to donate to the local YMCA, which we did. Not the same cause, but the same idea.

I really see what books can do for a child. Nigel is getting to into them, even if just looking at the pictures of some. With the Thomas books, he ends up playing out the stories with his toy trains, so they make an impression on him. And his speech has been making oodles of progress, and he hasn't been seeing a therapist for a while. If it wasn't for the lack of funds, I would be donating more and more books to children organizations or schools.

Lorna said...

Not to belabour what might be the obvious, it's always good to click on

that's a very cool graphic of the book man.