Happy 100th, Beverly Cleary


FROM YOUR TEMPLE LIBRARIAN

To

THE PARENTS OF OUR CHILDREN


Dear Parents: I just read Nicholas Kristof’s article entitled “Happy 100th, Beverly Cleary”. She was a famous author of children’s books. Ms Cleary commented that times have changed. Instead of reading books, children are watching television. I want to bring to your attention Mr. Kristof’s response to her statement: “There’s something to that. On any given day, American children ages 8 to 12 consume almost six hours of entertainment such at television, video games and social media, according to the polling by Common Sense Media. Aside from schoolwork, 57 per cent of those kids typically don’t read at all.


We measure child poverty by household income, but a better metric might be how often a child hears stories read aloud. To honor Cleary’s birthday school organizations are calling on kids and parents to ‘drop everything and read’.”


PLEASE MAKE A STOP AT OUR LIBRARY OR OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY. Jerry Medowar