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Ontario writer Wayne Grady's novel explores race, deception

Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father had grown up as the youngest son of a black working class family in Windsor. Grady's novel, "Emancipation Day," imagines his father's secrets and deceptions on his journey from black to white.  Go to full article

Time's running out on the old GED

39 million Americans, a fifth of the population, never completed high school, one of the factors used to measure literacy rates. Of those, only about 1% earn a GED certificate or the equivalent of a high school diploma each year. The test, which has been around since 1942, is poised to undergo major changes to prepare its recipients for a competitive workplace.

For Front and Center, Laurie Stern has this story from Minnesota.  Go to full article
Ruth Colvin and President George W. Bush in 2006.
Ruth Colvin and President George W. Bush in 2006.

A life devoted to literacy

For more than 50 years, Ruth Colvin and her husband have traveled to more than 60 countries and provided literacy training in Africa, Asia and South America. In 1962, Colvin founded Literacy Volunteers of America. She's also written many books on basic literacy and English as a second language. Colvin was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993 and awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

Tonight at 7 pm in Griffiths 123 at St. Lawrence University, she'll share stories her new book, Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World.

Now 95-years-old, Colvin has filled her Syracuse home with art and souvenirs from around the world, but she told Todd Moe that working with people and sharing their stories are favorite aspects of her career.  Go to full article

A weekend of books and stories

The Plattsburgh community celebrates the joy of books and reading as a family at the First Annual Plattsburgh Kids' BookFest this weekend at sites across downtown Plattsburgh. Curious George, the Mayor, writers and local musicians will all be on hand to help celebrate the magic of books. Todd Moe spoke with Amy Bonn, who helped coordinate this weekend's events.  Go to full article
Kendall reads to canine pal Marcy at the Canton Free Library
Kendall reads to canine pal Marcy at the Canton Free Library

Lending a dog?s ear at story time

Trained dogs can detect bombs and help the physically challenged. Now, some educators say they're helping youngsters learn to read. Teachers and librarians say even though reading is difficult for some children, reading out loud, especially to dogs, helps build confidence. A group of therapy dogs in the North Country has been visiting local libraries as part of the "Read to a Dog" program. The volunteer canine corps brings dogs to the Canton Free Library a couple of times a month so children can practice reading out loud in a non-threatening environment. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Book review: "Towards Polaris"

A couple of years ago, Mason Smith published Florida: A North Country Novel. The book has a new publisher, Syracuse University Press, and a new title. Betsy Kepes reviews Towards Polaris: A Novel of the Adirondack Foothills.  Go to full article

Literacy tutor training Saturday in Potsdam

Literacy of Northern New York of St. Lawrence County will be holding a free five-part training course for new tutors starting this Saturday in Potsdam. Coordinator Bobbie Gordon says there's a waiting list of people who have requested free one-to-one lessons, and new tutors are very much in demand. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Teen band rocks Ogdensburg library

Just in time for the start of summer vacation, the Ogdensburg Public Library hosts a concert for pre-teens and teens at 6:30 tonight. It's free and will feature the High Strung Band on their "Rock and Roll" library tour. Wait, rock music and reading? Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

A really, really good read

Commentator Paul Willcott recently came across an interesting airline ad. It promised first class travel so comfortable you could "get lost in a best-seller". That quote got him thinking, not about travel, but about reading, and getting lost in a book.  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: Summer Reading Call-in, Hour 1

In our annual Summer Reading Call-in, hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson were joined in the studio by Rick Hunter and John Ernst to take callers' picks for the best reading of the summer. A compiled list of selections will be available in a couple of days.  Go to full article

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