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US library picks 88 'Books that Shaped America'


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress is celebrating "Books that Shaped America" with a list of 88 titles and an exhibit in Washington.

The library released its picks of the most influential books Friday. Librarian of Congress James Billington says the titles aren't meant as "best" books. Instead, he says the library wants to spark a conversation about books that influenced the nation. The list begins with Benjamin Franklin's "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" from 1751. It includes Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," novels "The Scarlet Letter," "Moby-Dick," "Little Women" and "The Great Gatsby" and other famous titles like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "The Cat in the Hat."

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Book series helps advance educational opportunities for children with autism

 UC Davis autism researcher and education specialist Peter Mundy has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to apply virtual-reality technology to evaluate social attention and its relation to academic achievement among school children with autism. He also is launching Educational Interventions for Students with Autism, a book for elementary and secondary school teachers that shares current research and evidence-based approaches to training. The book is the first in a series on the topic, and Mundy is co-author. 

In the U.S., 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) go to public schools, and at least 50 percent of them are in general education classes throughout the school day.

Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros begins April 28 at county libraries

Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros begins April 28 at county libraries

This year, Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, a nationwide celebration of children, books and literacy, will be celebrated at all eight Yolo County Library branches starting on April 28 and concluding on May 12. While activities will vary from branch to branch, all Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros celebrations will feature bilingual storytimes, literacy-based crafts and free books for all children. Helping build home libraries is one of the goals of this nationwide event ....

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Shakespeare Reading Group:The Tempest in May

Shakespeare Reading Group:The Tempest in May

The next Reading Group is right around the corner! Let us broaden your knowledge of Shakespeare as we read and discuss a different play every month! No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is necessary, just your willingness to read, learn, and play! To find out more information click here!

The Tempest
Wednesday, May 2
7:00-8:30 PM
Pence Gallery
212 D St. - "Learning Center" Upstairs
Students $8, Adults $10
Please RSVP!