August 14, 2006
If you are the parent of a high school student and would like to ruin his or her summer, here's a good way to do it: Make the kid read books. This is what my wife and I did to our 15-year-old, and it really worked. He says we made his life miserable. He says none of his friends have to read books during the summer, so why should he? He says we're the meanest parents in the whole world. So the other day, we decided to level with him. "The only reason we had kids," we told him, "was to make them miserable.
November 21, 2002
An interview with Jan Ulrich, member of Turf Valley and Beyond Book Club. When did your club get started? I think it was 1996 when it was started. Turf Valley Overlook is our neighborhood, and the reason we call it "beyond" is we started getting members from surrounding neighborhoods. What book are members reading this month? The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's [adventure] fiction. We try to choose a book from various genres and at least touch on something that we haven't done in the past.
November 19, 1994
Do children need to read and read aloud obscene language and racial epithets in order to understand the realities of "street life" and the underworld?That's one of the questions raised by parents' recent discovery that freshmen at Aberdeen High School were required to read a controversial novel about teen-age drug use in the inner city.The incident indicates a need for Harford school officials to more closely monitor teachers' reading assignments. The English teacher who chose the book ignored established rules to inform parents of the controversial assignment and not to read passages aloud in class; she also chose a work that is more than two decades old for the purpose of describing today's unpleasant "realities."
March 22, 2001
An interview with Lorri Roth, 28-year member of Columbia Book Club. How long has your club been around? Well, Columbia began in '67. ... I would say soon after that - perhaps, by 1970. Having been around so long, what do you think of the latest boom in book clubs? Oh, I think it's wonderful. I think it's indicative of the intelligence of the community and also the desire to meet with other people and get their opinions. Stimulating, I think. What book are members reading this month? "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver.
March 25, 2001
`Reading Makes Cents' campaign under way TIMONIUM - The annual "Reading Makes Cents" read-a-thon to benefit Baltimore County's Even Start family literacy program is under way. Business and community organizations will gather pledges and read books from Tuesday through April 17. The project raised about $33,000 last year for Even Start, which offers a range of child and adult education programs through the Baltimore County school system in an effort to...
November 30, 2000
An interview with Angie Engles, facilitator of a book club at the Savage branch of the Howard County Library. The club is called the Savage Mystery Book Club and periodically changes its name when the group focuses on different genres. What book are members reading this month? Last time we met, we decided we would read Agatha Christie books and Dorothy Sayers books and sort of get a feel for the older mysteries. ... At first, we were going to have everyone read the same book, and then we decided to read books from both authors.
February 1, 2009
All week on Read Street, folks have been describing their polygamous reading habits. I was shocked - shocked - to learn that some people are reading three, five, even 10 books at once. I'm a one-book man, the kind of guy who makes a commitment to a book and doesn't abandon it when the next pretty cover happens by. I can imagine this scene, when one of the polygamist readers comes home: "So where have you been all night? I've been here, with that Barnes & Noble bookmark stuck on page 135, just waiting for you to come back."
March 3, 1998
(With apologies to the late Theodor Seuss Geisel)Hillary Clinton wants you to read.For kids, she said, it's a vital need.At the Learning Ideas store out in P.G.she would read to tots ages 4 and 3.(She also got heaps of publicity.When she arrives, so does TV.)On the 94th B-day of Dr. Seuss,She put the spotlight to good use.And so she told the assembled crowdThey need to read - and to read aloud.With hands to be held and books to be read,Thoughts of subpoenas turned tail and fled.Some 50 adults were also there.
October 19, 2001
AN-OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD contest and an "Evening of the Arts" are two of the many activities planned to promote reading for pleasure this month at Chesapeake Bay and George Fox middle schools. Chesapeake's language arts department has challenged the more than 1,700 pupils at the school to read their way to the moon and back - a round trip of 442,912 miles - while competing for prizes in the "Trip to the Moon Read-A-Thon." The contest began Oct. 1 and will end Oct. 31. To participate, pupils pledge to read books for pleasure and collect sponsors to help raise money for classroom libraries.
August 26, 2001
Editor's note: Today Jerdine Nolen shares picture books perfect for back-to-school preparation. If you are reading this, chances are you have a young one who is about to take a giant leap into the future. She is either getting ready to begin her career as a student or returning to school. One way to help her out is to read books and prepare for the road ahead. Hearing and reading stories of those who have gone before us takes some of the worry out of the situation and can make the transition easier.