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20 Feb

Reading Is Fundamental Urges Support for Reinstatement of Funding

Since its inception in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) programs have prepared and motivated children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those who need them most -- underserved children from birth to age eight. Since 1975, RIF's Inexpensive Book Distribution program, which is authorized under the U.S.

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20 Nov

New NEA Study Finds Voluntary Reading in Decline

On November 19, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence, a new analysis of reading patterns in the U.S. The study, which is a follow-up to NEA's 2004 Reading at Risk, revealed recent declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike, trends NEA described as having "severe consequences for American society."

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17 Oct

Cause to Celebrate: Children's Book Week & Jewish Book Month

November marks two important events for booksellers and readers: Children's Book Week 2007, sponsored by the Children's Book Council, and Jewish Book Month, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

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26 Sep

Changing Hands Opens to Page23 to Increase Readership

Page23, a one-year-old project of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, promotes reading among people who may reject traditional marketing approaches through specially selected title lists, displays, and other promotional materials.

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01 Aug

Campaigning for International Literacy

One Shared World, a campaign to raise awareness of global poverty and generate dialogue about solutions, is reaching out to booksellers in the Book Sense marketing program.

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24 May

Bookseller's Healthcare Woes Garner National Spotlight

As lawmakers in Congress continue the debate over how to solve the national healthcare crisis, the healthcare concerns of independent booksellers and small businesses are drawing the attention of the national media. On May 5, a front page article in the Business Section of the New York Times detailed the health insurance challenges and concerns of Jeff Levin, owner of Varney's Book Store in Manhattan, Kansas.

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15 Mar

ABA Meets With Congressional Staff to Discuss Small Business Health Coverage

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business tackled the issue of health insurance for small-business employees on Wednesday, March 14, at a hearing on "challenges and solutions" to health insurance coverage for small businesses. Oren Teicher, ABA COO, attended the morning hearings, which featured witnesses from the small business community, health care experts, and the insurance industry.

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14 Feb

Senate Committee Considers Health Care Costs for Small Businesses

On February 13, Sen. John Kerry (D- MA) called a meeting of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to evaluate the current health care landscape for small businesses. The hearing focused on available options, as well as Kerry's contention that there is a need to go beyond Association Health Plans (AHPs) as the sole solution to helping small firms cope with skyrocketing health care costs. In January, Kerry, who is chair of the committee, introduced the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Act (S.

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18 Jan

New Congress, Old Debate: Affordable Health Insurance for Small Businesses

It may be a new year and a new Congress, but providing small businesses access to affordable health care remains a key issue for Capitol Hill lawmakers. Already this year, House Republicans made an unsuccessful attempt to bring Small Business Health Plans (SBHP) legislation to a vote; Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, convened a committee on health care policies; and Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) has holding discussions with Senate Democrats in an effort to finally get SBHP legislation passed.

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21 Sep

Frist Seeks Small Business Health Plan Vote This Month

This week, Kaisernetwork.org's Capitol Hill Watch reported that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is hoping to hold a vote this month on a revised "Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act," S. 1955 -- a bill that would allow business and trade associations to pool their members to offer group health coverage through Small Business Health Plans (SBHPs, also known as Association Health Plans). The legislation, which was introduced by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY), is co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen.

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21 Sep

Teen Read Week Urges 'Get Active @ Your Library'

From October 15 to 21, libraries, schools, and bookstores across America will celebrate Teen Read Week, now in its ninth year. A national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other concerned adults, Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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02 Aug

San Francisco to Pass Universal Health Care Legislation

San Francisco recently joined the growing ranks of local jurisdictions creating new laws that seek to provide health care coverage for the uninsured. On Monday, August 7, it is expected that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will sign legislation that seeks to provide affordable health insurance to the city's approximately 82,000 uninsured adult residents.

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08 Jun

Nominations Sought for Awards Honoring Champions of Books and Reading

James Patterson, the bestselling author whose suspense novels have been described as keep-you-up-all-night page-turners, is once again awarding cash prizes to booksellers, educators, festival organizers, philanthropic groups, and others, who find effective ways to spread the excitement of books and promote reading.

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01 Jun

All ABA Members Asked to Participate in Legislative Day Follow-Up

The American Booksellers Association is encouraging members who participated in its first-ever Legislative Day at BookExpo America, as well as those who did not, to follow up with their senators and representatives to encourage support for issues of import to independent booksellers. For those who met with their senators, representatives, or congressional staff, ABA suggests a note of thanks for the meeting would provide the perfect opportunity to reiterate their concerns.

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12 May

Enzi's Health Plan Legislation Blocked in Senate Vote

Sen. Michael Enzi's (R-WY) attempt to push for a quick vote on The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, S. 1955, was blocked Thursday, May 11, when the Senate voted 55 - 43 against cloture. According to the Los Angeles Times, Enzi said he would work with Senate Democrats to draft compromise legislation, which he would then reintroduce later in the year.

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