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A night school for working kids in Pakistan February 24, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Reading / Literacy

Founded by Mohammad Rohayl Varind in 2016 Slum School (Slum cleverly stands for Students Learning Under the Moon) is Pakistan’s first solar powered night school. There are 23 million kids that do not go to school in Pakistan, many of whom work during the day! Varind’s goal is to educate the underprivileged in hopes of one day winning the war against poverty, illiteracy & terrorism. The entire experience is solar powered with classes starting after…

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The Cost of Reading in Prison: In West Virginia it’s 5 cents a minute February 5, 2020 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, Books and Technology, Content, Reading / Literacy

It is hard to fathom how they got here but the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is charging inmates to read! As part of their contract with a private company inmates are provided “free” tablets in which they can access Project Gutenberg, an emporium of free, public domain texts. Sounds great right? Well, seems like free ain’t free. From the Appalachian Prison Book Project: The per-minute charge will bring in far more profit…

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First Book and Disney: A match made in heaven or… maybe not January 28, 2020 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

  First Book, a non-profit whose mission is to work to provide equal access to quality education, recently announced that they’ve now distributed 75 million Disney books to children and educators in need.  Their tweet: Through our longstanding relationship with @Disney and @DisneyBooks we’ve reached an incredible milestone: together we’ve provided over 75 MILLION books to the children & educators we serve! We just wanted to say THANK YOU! #magicofstorytelling Founded in 1992 First Book…

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Sean Doolittle: Independent Bookseller’s MVP January 27, 2020 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Reading / Literacy

Last April, Sean Doolittle, the closer for the World Champion Washington Nationals, started sharing on social media what he was reading and the independent bookstores he shopped at during each major league stop. Now, Doolittle has teamed up with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to become 2020 Indie #BookstoreDay Ambassador. “I’m really looking forward to promoting these incredible local businesses that promote reading and literacy programs and authors and do so much to support their…

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A high school English department goes big to encourage reading January 10, 2019 – Posted in: books in design, Content, Reading / Literacy

When the students of Mundelein High School in Mundelein, Illinois returned to school from winter break there was something different about the hallways of the English department. Six floor-to-ceiling vinyl prints of book covers had been installed while they were away in the hopes that it would encourage students to talk more about their reading life. School spokesman Ron Girard says that the project was intended to “get students talking about the reading that they…

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