Note from me: Most of you following along over here are avid readers and probably have been since childhood. If you have a minute or two, please read this blog post (reblogged from David Gaughran) about an initiative to help needy schools fill the gaps in their underfunded library shelves. And help out if you are able?
Also, I’ve never “reblogged” anything before now, actually didn’t even know you could do that, so I hope I don’t break something. Or, you know, summon demons.
Chronic under-funding of school libraries has led to the tragic spectacle of empty shelves, leaving children with nothing to read; but a new initiative called Fill The Shelves hopes to change all that.
This story starts in a Pennsylvania K-8 school called Pittsburgh Manchester, where the librarian – Sheila May-Stein – decided to do something about the empty shelves in her own school (pictured left – that was the entire Fiction section of Manchester’s school library).
Last month, Sheila posted that photo to the Facebook wall of University of Pittsburgh professor Jessie Ramey, who then wrote about the problem on her education blog Yinzercation, along with ways that people could help – including ordering books from an Amazon Wish List.
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