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Summer reading list for Long Island school district littered with errors July 10, 2013 – Posted in: Reading / Literacy

  This must be what it feels like to hit rock bottom. The Hempstead, Long Island Public School district recently released its annual summer reading list for its pre-K to “twelve grade,” students and it reads like a testament to incompetence with over 30 mistakes, including misspellings of authors’ names and book titles. Some glaring examples include: The Great Gypsy by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bonte Animal Farm by George Ornell Their Eyes Were…

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Reading while Protesting: The Taksim Square Book Club June 26, 2013 – Posted in: Reading / Literacy

If you think the people of Turkey have given up – think again. As they emerge from weeks of violent clashes with the police they have adopted a new form of resistance. They’re calling it The Taksim Square Book Club and it is a made up of the ‘standing man’ protesters, named after performance artist Erdem Gunduz who stood, silently, with his hands in his pockets, in Taksim Square for eight hours and the reading…

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Where in the World is Roberto Murillo Martin Gomez? May 28, 2013 – Posted in: bookmobiles, Libraries, Reading / Literacy

He’s at the beach, around the military,  in the classroom, hey and there he is with former President Bill Clinton, he’s at the hotel, and the bus stop, and there he is on the bridge….Roberto Murillo Martin Gomez seems to be everywhere in his hometown of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.“Libri, libri freschi, libri belli!” (Books! Fresh books! Beautiful books!) is his call and as you can see he pushes his Literary Cart with purpose.La Carreta Literaria…

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Sticky fingers force Polish mobile library to go digital April 26, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Libraries, mobile libraries, Reading / Literacy

The initial idea was simple:Acknowledging  that Poland is not one of the “European nations which read a great deal” the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz took part in a plan to outfit a fleet of 35 brand-new trams with books from local libraries in an effort to promote reading.Special nets were placed on the back of the seats and librarians worked hard in selecting the 5000 books that would stock these new…

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