PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Seattle "First Book" Event About More than Reading

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

PHOTO: Reading to young children gives them the vocabulary skills they'll need when they start school, which has lifelong benefits. Photo credit: USGirl/iStockphoto
PHOTO: Reading to young children gives them the vocabulary skills they'll need when they start school, which has lifelong benefits. Photo credit: USGirl/iStockphoto
May 16, 2014

SEATTLE – It's more than a chance to pick up a couple of free books this weekend at the Seattle Center. At a First Book Resource Fair on Saturday, families can learn more about 20 local community groups, from the arts to social services.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington partnered with the national nonprofit group First Book to organize the event.

The goal is to jumpstart summer reading by getting new books to hundreds of children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford them.

AFT Washington President Karen Strickland says it fits the mission of the union, which represents educators and support staff.

"As an institution, we can have a very direct, positive impact on individual lives,” she says, “besides the work we do as the union – you know, by providing books and pulling people together. And we all have a shared interest, right? It's about quality of life for everybody."

Strickland adds many AFT Washington members also are parents of school-age children.

According to the First Book organization, young children from lower-income families have one-fourth the vocabulary of their higher-income peers, in part because they don't have books at home or people who read with them.

In Washington, most AFT members work in colleges and universities. But Strickland says the ties to K-through-12 education and even preschool are critical. She explains what happens in those early years eventually affect the course content and budget in higher education.

"Legislators and decision-makers are becoming less comfortable with providing so much remedial education at the college level,” she says. “I mean, it makes sense – you don't want to pay for education when a child is in K-12 and then, pay for the same kind of education when they get to higher ed. So, it's good to reinforce K-12 success."

Strickland says the union is planning other First Book events in other cities in Washington.

The Resource Fair at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall is this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA