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Little Golden Books Now Available as an Interactive Storybook App

I think this is a bad idea. Sure, you never know when you’re going to need to whip out a storybook to occupy/distract/engage a preschooler, but aren’t Little Golden Books meant to be chewed on and thrown across the room? Where’s the fun for a toddler in a book that runs on an expensive, fingerprint-attracting computer that no mom in her right mind is going to hand over to the little cutie? I’d sooner my kid played with a LeapPad or other electronic device that is built to withstand abuse.

Remember those Little Golden Books published by Random House? Infamously known as the most popular children’s books, those timeless stories are now available as an interactive storybook apps!

Earlier today, Random House announced that The Poky Little Puppy (the first of over 5 apps) is now officially available for purchase and download through the iTunes store. Originally published in 1942, this book is actually the bestselling picture book of all time!

By swiping your finger across the screen, you can open the cover (complete with Little Golden Books’ gold spine) to read the story filled with interactive illustrations. You can either watch and listen as the words are read to you, turn off the narration and read at your own pace (if a child gets stuck on a word they simply touch it to have the individual words spoken to them) or you can even record your own voice to play on each page.

In addition the new Little Golden Books apps offer a Hide-and-Seek Challenge that can be played at the end of each page to unlock bonus stickers. After reading the story, kids can use the stickers they have collected along the way to create their own storybook scene which can then be saved on the device’s photo album.

If you’re interested in downloading the new app, The Poky Little Puppy retails for $4.99, but is available now at the special introductory price of $3.99 through Apple’s iTunes store.

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New Starbucks Loyalty Program Requires Purchases For Most Rewards

Starbucks will merge its two rewards programs, Starbucks Card Rewards and Starbucks Gold, into a single program, My Starbucks Rewards. The new program, which requires more interactions before the benefits kick in than the current programs, will debut 12/26.

My Starbucks Rewards cherry picks from both previous programs. All of the schemes are based off stored-value cards. Similar to the Starbucks Gold program, participants are given a free birthday beverage when the card is registered. And like the soon-to-be-phased-out Starbucks Card Rewards, My Starbucks Rewards will not have an annual fee.

Details here.


Recession-Proof Careers

Excerpted from an article on Yahoo Finance: Careers That Can Fight Recession, by Gabby Hyman.

The economic news certainly looks grim, but there are strong sectors in the economy that will continue to hire through the end of the decade. Some professions that require advanced or post-graduate degrees will rise, but perhaps the best news of all amidst the gloom is that many career openings will require candidates to hold only a two-year college degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has identified the fastest-growing occupations and career groups that are predicted to enjoy the largest numerical increases in personnel through 2016, and has ranked them by the amount of education necessary to enter the profession.

Health care, education, and technology employers should continue to offer the most promising projections in total numbers in hiring, especially since the key roles cannot be outsourced and Americans will need their services and expertise despite the ups and downs in the economy.

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CPSIA Law Threatens all Children’s Businesses & Families with Children

An open letter from Jennifer Guenther, CEO Enkore Kids:

I am writing on behalf of Enkore Kids, a small Maryland children’s shop that specializes in new and “new-to-you” children’s clothing, toys, & equipment for kids newborn to age 14. My partner, Susan McCarthy, and I are reaching out to fellow business owners and consumers in Maryland and the surrounding area in hopes of joining forces to make our voices heard in opposition to recent federal consumer protection legislation ( a law that stands to have a huge impact not only on our children’s resale business, but also hand-made toy and clothing manufacturers, other small manufacturers for all children’s items, bookstores (as children’s books are also affected), all children’s stores and retail stores that also have children’s items, daycares, libaries, and schools. Continue reading CPSIA Law Threatens all Children’s Businesses & Families with Children


Thousands Expected for Volunteer Activities

Local volunteer activies scheduled for today listed here.

Thousands of Washington area residents are expected to join today in activities fulfilling President-elect Barack Obama’s nationwide call for community service.

The “Renew America Together” initiative is meant to revitalize neighborhoods and re-inject the spirit of community service into Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The federal holiday, first observed 23 years ago, has long been tied to a call for volunteerism, and Obama has said he wants to build on that mission as part of the many events leading to tomorrow’s inauguration.

Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plan to participate along with their families in service activities in the Washington area, with details yet to be announced.

At yesterday’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial, the opening ceremony of Obama’s inauguration, Martin Luther King III encouraged the crowd to volunteer and said, quoting his father, that “everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.”

There is still time to select from a range of activities, listed on the Web site Renew America Together collected information about thousands of events to give people an array of options. Linda Douglass, chief spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, described it as a Craigslist for service.

About 8,500 events across the country are listed on the site, topping the 5,000 events recorded last year, according to a federal agency that promotes the service day. About 500,000 people participated last year in service activities.

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