The San Francisco Chronicle featured a heart-warming front page story on how local musicians are helping Richmond students get books! Indie pop-rock duo called Pomplamoose is offering a free MP3 download of their holiday album to anyone who buys a book. Kudos to musicians Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn and their friend English teacher Tyler Hester.
Read on a bit more and you will see the tragic reality of too many California schools: "At Leadership Public, for example, the library now consists of about 500 dog-eared paperbacks housed in a former bathroom. Many were donated by folks cleaning house, which means the selection is fairly random." And you wonder why kids from poverty don't have high literacy levels -- little or no access to books or a strong school library program!
The California School Library Association has launched a public awareness campaign to promote California's blueprint for building strong school libraries. Review the website at librarycampaign.csla.net/. It would be most excellent if Pomplamoose and friends broaden their focus to rebuild all California school libraries. Contact the Campaign to offer social networking skills, your voice, or donations.