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A Cut Above: Barbershop serves up a side of books with haircuts July 17, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

“The barbershop is based on men coming together grooming each other to become better men, and I think books and education is a fundamental part of that,” says  Reggie Ross, the owner of Royal Touch Barbershop  In Palm Beach County, Florida, where the shop is located, the graduation rate for African American boys is 50%. We also know that the less money one’s family has the less likely there are books at home. So Ross offers…

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The Ulysses of e-books is… July 8, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

  It is called the Hawking Index (HI) and it uses data from Amazon to determine which e-books are the most unfinished.   The lighthearted study devised by Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, works like this: Take the page numbers of a book’s five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. The higher the number, the more of the book we’re guessing…

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A Book Lover’s Lexicon June 27, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

    Using the informal Japanese word  “Tsundoku,” which refers to the act of buying books and letting them pile up unread, as a jumping off point Molly Schoemann-McCann at the Barnes and Noble Book Blog comes up with 15 new words for the bibliophile.            Afficted When something terribly sad has just happened in a book you are reading, and you want to burst into tears, but you know that you’ll feel ridiculous…

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Doctor says: Read aloud to kids from day one June 26, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

For the first time the American Academy of Pediatrics has weighed in on early literacy education and have come to recommend that reading aloud to your child should begin at birth. That’s right at birth! Not when they start talking or walking but when they start breathing. They have asked the 62,000 pediatricians in the U.S. “to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”  As the the piece in the New York…

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