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American Education Week Salutes Public Schools November 19, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

  NEA President Lily Eskelsen García attends Mrs. Wesby’s 1st grade class at Shwab Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., on November 17, 2104  Happy American Education Week!   This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” and “presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.”       How it…

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After years of military rule books and hope are returning to Myanmar November 10, 2014 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, bookmobiles, Content, Libraries, mobile libraries, Reading / Literacy

After decades of repression and censorship the people of Myanmar are getting their books and libraries back! Since the military leadership lost power in 2011, the country has developed a network of mobile libraries to compensate for the vast network of public libraries that are in various states of disarray. Through the non-profit Daw Khin Kyi Foundation foundation, created by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and new leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, resources are being harnessed “to promote health, education…

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First Editions / Second Thoughts: A Book Collectors Dream Auction to Benefit Pen America – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy

Outlined in ink and filled with a deep crimson oil paint, the words “PAST STUFF” have been hand-painted on the front cover of the third volume of Ed Ruscha’s Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings by Ruscha. Underscoring this work’s unique quality, traces of the brushstroke are visible in the paint, and the hand-painted letters have wavering borders. A red censor-like block has also been painted over Ruscha’s name on the text’s spine.  The goal of…

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November is Picture Book Month November 3, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration, Reading / Literacy

  Picture Book Month  is an international literacy initiative celebrating the print picture book. Founded by author & storyteller Dianne de Las Casas the goal is to simply share the love of the picture book.  In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book Every day in November, there is a new…

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Ready for Some Finger Reading? October 14, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, product design, Reading / Literacy

The latest gem to be concocted in MIT’s Media Lab is the FingerReader. Billed as “a wearable interface for reading on the go,” the device: is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line,…

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