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READING CONNECTS: Kate Winslet's new book

READING CONNECTS: I just read "The Golden Hat" about autism awareness that also includes pictures of celebrities wearing Kate Winslet's hat.

The celeb friends were asked to express themselves in a few words. The book also includes how some autistic children and teens finally express themselves to share what they are feeling with the outside world.

I thought it was powerful and really got your attention. I was able to check it out for free at the Sacramento Library's north Natomas branch and was pleased with the selection of new books available.

What are you reading? Let us know at MCrowley@news10.net


News10 Reading Connects


by Maria Barrs, News10 General Manager

NEWS10 is pleased to announce the launch of a major initiative to help improve our community.

It's called "Reading Connects," and its purpose is to help build a stronger community, one reader at a time.

NEWS10 is teaming up with parents, businesses, schools, libraries and volunteers to improve the literacy rate in our area.
We are combining the power of television, the web, and social media with the power of good people who want to make a difference.

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

Summer reading underway, chance to win prizes

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Public Library's Summer Reading 2012 Program is underway through August called "Dream Big Read!"

It's for kids of all ages.  Preschool and adults can get in on the fun as well.

How it works is that you get a Tic Tac Toe Board each month and cross off boxes that include "read a book of your choice" or "attend a library program."

Once you check off three boxes you earn a free book. When you do the whole board, you can enter for a grand prize including an iPad or $100 Target gift card.

News10's Melissa Crowley signed her entire family up and her 3-year-old got her first card!

"Very exciting and all free. There are also special events and activities like magic shows and Chinese classes at the 28 branches," Crowley said.

Sacramento’s proposal to improve third grade reading selected as finalist for national award

Sacramento’s proposal to improve third grade reading selected as finalist for national award

BY: Rachel Minnick

Sacramento, CA – Innovative plan to ensure that low-income students are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade was picked from more than 100 applicants.

An ambitious plan to ensure that more children in the City of Sacramento are reading at grade level by the end of third grade has been chosen as a finalist for the All-America City Award, sponsored each year by the National Civic League.

Robla School District selects Mr. Bob Crongeyer as Teacher of the Year

Robla School District selects Mr. Bob Crongeyer as Teacher of the Year

At Thursday night's, May 11,2012, school board meeting Mr. Ruben Reyes, Superintendent of Robla School District, announced that Mr. Bob Crongeyer had been selected as the district Teacher of the Year.  This is Mr. Crongeyer's 3rd selection as Teacher of the Year and he expressed his appreciation at being selected from among the many great candidates and the honor that comes with representing the teachers of Robla School District at last night's meeting.

  Mr. Crongeyer, a GATE teacher at Taylor Street Elementary School, was recognized by his colleagues for not only the work that he does with his students, but also for the mentorship that he has provided to staff members.  This year Mr. Crongeyer has been a key figure in launching the Being A Writer program at Taylor Street and facilitated a support group for piloting teachers of the program to discuss progress, celebrate successes and address weaknesses in writing.