Friday, March 24, 2006

Money for Literacy in the Ontario Budget!

So Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan presented the 2006 Ontario Budget yesterday. Among other highlights, $6 million was announced for libraries and literacy programs on First Nations reserves. YAY. The Ontario Library Association had some further info on their site:

March 23, 2006

Today's budget confirmed that the government has earmarked another $15 million for school library collection development (last year it was $17 million). The money and the process had been conveyed to school boards across Ontario earlier this week in a secret exchange to Directors of Education that was instantly leaked around the school library world, rather than waiting on today's budget announcement. Each school in the province is to receive $3,096. The money is to be spent in the next eight days. Past purchases may be counted but it begs the question of how boards will honour this as new money in the weeks ahead.

Today's provincial budget also contained $6 million for First Nation libraries and literacy programs. There was also provision for "more than $800,000" for the Lieutenant Governor's summer camp initiative that encourages literacy among aboriginal youth in northern Ontario.

You will, of course, remember many previous posts here on the Lieutenant Governor's summer camp initiative, as well as the fact that you can apply to be a counsellor as Frontier College is a partner with the initiative.

More in the blogs today on the banning and challenging of books. Chicken Spaghetti has a link to THIS ARTICLE in their suggested weekend reading post. It is an interview with Robie H. Harris - a grandmother, former elementary-school teacher and author of two of the "most challenged" books of 2005. Book Moot also has another post on the issue HERE and Book ____ has a couple stories HERE and HERE on the topic - specifically in regards to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Over at Jen Robinson's Book Page she has a recommended reading list for toddlers and The Magic of Books reminds us that April is National Poetry Month (in the US) and provides some good poetry links.

On a fun note, a few blogs have linked HERE - where blogger Tiff is reliving the awkwardness of youth by re-reading and reviewing the Babysitters Club series.

Finally, another blog I'd bookmarked a few days ago (so I forget the source, sorry) is Bec's Book Blog. It is doing a series of "retro book reviews" which are quite fun.

And finally finally - I just have to include this picture sent to me by a co-worker:

Six years in the making, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering!

It's a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany and was built as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

Too cool for words.



At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Hi Louise,

Thanks for the link. And congratulations on making Best of the Blogs this month! Have a great weekend.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Louise said...

Thanks Jen!

Edge of the Forest was a very pleasant surprise indeed. And you are very welcome for linking - I wouldn't do it if you didn't have quite a lot of worthwhile and "link-worthy" posts.



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