US public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the upcoming new PBS series “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped the American public. The series will launch on PBS stations with a two-hour special event on May 22, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS will select up to 50 US public libraries to receive a cash grant of $2,000 each to support programs and events related to “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.” Selected libraries will also receive a programming kit, developed by ALA and PBS, which will help the libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series, highlighting themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds, and self-discovery. Selected libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs, in May and November 2018, related to the series. Collaboration with local PBS member stations is strongly encouraged.
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.