Between August 27 and September 1 over 500 people signed Part 1 of this petition, which is now closed and on its way to PBS. It contains many thoughtful and heartfelt comments from librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, grandparents, young people who grew up with the the program, and other supporters. Won't you join them? If you would like to add your name and comments, please sign Part 2, which will be delivered on Friday, September 18. Here's why: On Friday, August 28, many public stations had to close the book on the Emmy-winning children series 'Reading Rainbow,'
hosted by LeVar Burton
. 'Reading Rainbow' -- which halted production in 2006 when funding ran out -- officially ended, 26 years after its 1983 premiere when its contract expired at the end of the week. This excellent program supports caring for the Earth and values diversity, and of course encourages reading in an attractive and unique format. It should be included in all public stations' daily lineup.