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The Public Collection: A new public art and literacy project July 24, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Content, Library Architecture, product design, Reading / Literacy, sculpture

This August eight unique artist created libraries will grace the streets of Indianapolis. Under the moniker of The Public Collection these amazing micro libraries will be spread over the city and offer free books courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library. The Public Collection is a blend of art and literacy.  The goal is to “increase access to books through the use of functional pieces of art in familiar settings. The initiatives are to improve literacy, foster a deeper…

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The reading life of scientists explored in new series from the University of Cambridge June 19, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

Taking its inspiration from the ‘What Scientists Read’ project which queried  30 scientists about their reading lives ‘Novel Thoughts‘ is new film series focusing on eight scientists and the books  that helped shape their lives. For some, a book came along at just the right time. Professor Clare Bryant, of the Department of Zoology, read A S Byatt’s Possession at a crucial point in her early career. Its page-turning portrayal of two historians racing to…

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This summer’s “Reading Ambassadors” are coming from the Governor’s Mansion June 17, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

School’s out, summer is here and it’s “summer slide” prevention time. One of the more prominent offerings comes from Scholastic who has signed on forty-four U.S. Governors’ Spouses, along with the Governors of Colorado, Vermont and the U.S. territories Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands to act as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids worldwide to log the minutes they spend reading in…

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Books Build Children May 28, 2015 – Posted in: public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries. Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of, and desire, real-life school librarians to help spread the joy of reading. Previously on Book Patrol: Latest study confirms that…

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There’s a reader on the loose in Prague May 26, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Photography, Reading / Literacy

Books Calling is series of self-portraits from Prague-based photographer Jakub Pavlovsky. His tagline is “Make Time For Reading. Anywhere, Anytime. No matter how much stress you have, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great book.” And to prove his point Pavlovsky has snapped a plethora of smart photos showing himself lost in a book at various locals throughout Prague and beyond.   Book’s Calling on Instagram Source: BOOK’S CALLING

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