First, this made me sad: due to a loss of funding and broadcast rights, Reading Rainbow will leave broadcast schedules on 28 August 2009.
The Reading Rainbow series has not been in production for several years and PBS had taken it out of the weekday feed schedule last fall to make room for the new literacy-based shows. WTVP continued to air the series at that time.
Neither PBS nor producing station WNED, Buffalo were able to fund another cycle of renewals, nor were they able to identify a new corporate funder. The series will continue to be available to educators via non-broadcast distribution and off-air educational rights will remain in effect for a year following the last broadcast of each episode.
I never thought of LeVar Burton in reference to Star Trek or Roots – he was the “Reading Rainbow” guy. How sad.
In related news, on 4 August, heavy rains and flash flooding caused a buttload of damage in Louisville, Kentucky. Damages at the Louisville Free Public Library main branch are estimated at over $1 million.
Shiloh Walker, a local area resident, is putting together a bookdrive to help:
Donations of new books, all genres. Information about monetary donations can be found at WFPL.
Authors & Publishers:
Donations of both signed and unsigned books. All genres, from children’s books to romance to non-fiction, etc, etc.
Signed books can be used in fundraiser purposes. Unsigned books can be used to help replenish the books that were lost due to the flood.
I have spoken with somebody with the library and at this time, they have no place to store books. However, I’m close and I will keep the books at my house until they are able to take them.
For those wishing to donate books, there are two ways you can send them. I can either receive them my post box address or a friend will receive them at her home.
If you wish to mail them via the USPS, send to:
PO Box 976
Jeffersonville, IN 47131
The romance community is truly amazing.