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After helping the Ferguson Public Library we need to go to Philadelphia December 4, 2014 – Posted in: public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Principal Marjorie Neff sits in her school’s closed library, which was closed last year due to budget cuts. TOM GRALISH / Staff In one week we have helped raise over $300,000 for the Ferguson Public Library.  The outpouring of support has been epic and a wounded community has been guaranteed a safe place to turn to in its time of need. Now we must turn our attention to the public school libraries of West and Southwest Philadelphia. Here in its…

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Let’s put a bookstore in every mall November 28, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Reading / Literacy

To magnify the ridiculousness of what has become Black Friday, The Stranger, one of Seattle’s few remaining papers that publishes with any integrity, produced a whole issue that originated in a mall.  Setting up shop 17 miles outside of Seattle at the Alderwood Mall they went to work. It started this way: It’s easy to feel superior in a shopping mall, as anyone who lives in a city should know by now. But easy ironies no…

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James Patterson is pissed: Calls out Obama for book support November 27, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy, Video

“There’s a book burning going on in America, You’re invited. Especially the kids. You see they’re shutting down your local bookstores. Shutting down libraries. Publishers are dying. American literature will be next on the flames.” James Patterson is on the loose. After throwing money at it (pledging over $1.5 million to bookshops in America and the UK) Patterson is now throwing books on the fire to wake up the the government and promote his #SaveOurBooks campaign. Patterson…

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The Ferguson Public Library as an epicenter of healing November 25, 2014 – Posted in: Libraries, Reading / Literacy

Ferguson is a mess. The schools are closed, part of the town is smoldering, people are angry and justice got away. But the Ferguson Public Library remains open! Since that fateful August day when a trigger-happy police officer forever altered the fate of the town the Ferguson Public Library has been open and has played a significant role in helping the community get back on its feet. From an ABC News story that aired on August 20, 2014…

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A Little Free Library loving third-grader on the power of books November 21, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Libraries, Reading / Literacy, Video

“They fuel our minds like cars and gas” – Madison I think we might have met the poster child for the Little Free Library phenomenon. Her name is Madison and she is a third grader at Wade Park, a Cleveland public school. She was interviewed as part of a feature on the “huge impact” of Little Free Libraries for  WKYC. Needless to say she stole the show. Full story at WKYC h/t The Root

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