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Upcoming Mixed Genre Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop - June 30

Upcoming Mixed Genre Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop - June 30

Sacramento writer Valerie Fioravanti believes there are fiction and creative nonfiction writers in the greater Sacramento area hungry for learning experiences from what she refers to as Master Teachers.  These are writers with rich publication and teaching histories, the kind of writers who teach in the best MFA programs and writers conferences across the country, teachers who write craft texts or edit prominent magazines.

Upcoming Mixed Genre Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop
 - June 30 & July 1 (location Midtown)

Lynn Freed has published six novels, a story collection, and a collection of essays.

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.

Bill would require digital textbooks in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill that would require textbook publishers to make the same content available to California school districts in digital format has passed unanimously in the state Senate.

Lawmakers approved SB1154 by Republican Sen. Mimi Walters of Lake Forest on Friday.

Walters says her bill addresses the technology gap between California schools and those in the rest of the country. It also requires publishers to offer their content in sections so districts can buy only the parts they want.

The bill also allows school districts to create online digital textbook databases that students could access from anywhere.

Small publishers with fewer than 100 employees would be exempt from the requirement. The Association of American Publishers is the only listed opponent of the legislation.

Reading volunteer opportunities available

SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Sacramento -- Crayons, watercolors and glitter -- lots of glitter! -- adorn artwork created by young artists participating in Saturday's contest to win cash prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Southgate Library.

Thanks to Comics & Collectibles on Fruitridge Road, every artist received two free comic books to take home on the final day of Dia! Many Children...Many Cultures...Many Books program at Sacramento County libraries.

Nicole Powel, children's librarian, says this program celebrating Sacramento's multi-cultural diversity highlights 2012's schedule of events emphasizing in-home reading for all children and their parents. "By coming to these library events," she explains, "children are provided with free books to take home and keep.