1. Accio Books! Bringing Magic to Detroit →

    thehpalliance:

    In celebration of Accio Books!, HPA members all over the world are unleashing their inner Hermione Granger and spreading the joy of reading. Since 2009, HPA members have helped build libraries in Rwanda, New York City, the Mississippi Delta, and Portland, OR. This year, we are bringing the.magic to Detroit!

    We are working with the Brightmoor Community Center and the Whomping Wolverines, the University of Michigan’s HPA chapter to bring some magic to the Brightmoor community. All books collected during our Accio Books! campaign will be distributed for free during a one-day appearance of the Harry Potter Alliance’s Apparating Library on September 13th.

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  2. How a Loss of Libraries Reflects Society →

    cagataygezer:

    "From 1970 to 2013, the world literacy rate has decreased from 37 percent to 13 percent"

  3. Lydia Willoughby, Words into Deeds | Library Journal Movers & Shakers

Willoughby’s real specialty, however, is bringing people together. While still a student in 2010, she began working with Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT) and organized the sold-out, 500-ticket Biblioball: Spellbound fundraiser with the Desk Set, a New York City–based librarian group, which raised $10,000 for LIT.

    Lydia Willoughby, Words into Deeds | Library Journal Movers & Shakers

    Willoughby’s real specialty, however, is bringing people together. While still a student in 2010, she began working with Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT) and organized the sold-out, 500-ticket Biblioball: Spellbound fundraiser with the Desk Set, a New York City–based librarian group, which raised $10,000 for LIT.

  4. 
Q. You’ve said previously that Reading Rainbow was the hardest, most rewarding thing you’ve done in show business. Is that still true for you?
A. I had to learn a new business. I had to learn the technology business. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. When you think about reinventing a well-known and beloved brand, the thing that kept us up nights was the fear of failing to meet expectations. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done…and the most rewarding. I love that I am able to focus at this point in my life on the mission, the continuing mission, of getting kids excited about literature and reading.

Flying Twice as High: Reading Rainbow 2.0 | SLJ Talks to LeVar Burton - The Digital Shift

    Q. You’ve said previously that Reading Rainbow was the hardest, most rewarding thing you’ve done in show business. Is that still true for you?

    A. I had to learn a new business. I had to learn the technology business. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. When you think about reinventing a well-known and beloved brand, the thing that kept us up nights was the fear of failing to meet expectations. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done…and the most rewarding. I love that I am able to focus at this point in my life on the mission, the continuing mission, of getting kids excited about literature and reading.

    Flying Twice as High: Reading Rainbow 2.0 | SLJ Talks to LeVar Burton - The Digital Shift

  5. Full-time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores →

  6. From the Wall Street Journal, Read Me an Ebook Story?:

    As far as the storytelling experience goes, e-books fall far short in one area: the page turn—which is crucial to the pacing of a children’s story. On the Nook and Kindle Fire, the pages slide quickly across the screen. On iBooks, there’s a virtual turning of the page, but you can’t slow it down. The story ends up moving too fast; something gets lost.

  7. "What about the possibility of one day making a poem?" - Nikky Finney’s acceptance speech, at last night’s National Book Awards, upon winning for her book of poems Head Off & Split. Skip ahead to 17:30. Watch it. It will give you goosebumps.