This and That

Do you know a reader in fourth through twelfth grades in the United States? Please let him/her know about the Letters about Literature program:

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre-- fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III, grades 9 - 12. Winners, announced in the spring of each year, receive cash awards at the national and state levels.

Learn more, and see previous winners here. [I found the titles and authors selected very intriguing. Then again, I'm always interested in what others are reading!]

Yet more on Google and their project to scan millions of library books in Google Fears on Rights in Book Deal here from The New York Times.

An excerpt:

“As we said, we listen carefully to all concerns of stakeholders around the globe and work hard to achieve the common goal of bringing back to life millions of lost books in a way that serves the interest of all,” Google said in a statement.

Oh, the sheer altruism of the project. HA!

Another item I find intriguing is the Valuing Library Services Calculator from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)--MidContinental Region. I'm currently collecting data about my own library, but I thought even some non-librarians might be interested in seeing the "retail value" assigned to various services and items provided by libraries.


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