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Young Turks Take Over a US Library … and It’s Perfect!

For the last few months I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with a team of English Literature major University students and their talented and inspirational professor. We were working together (they worked way more than I did) on making sure that the youngest children in their communities had an abundance of […]

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New Conversations for Communities

“Community” is a term we use for “a social unit of any size that shares common values.” A community can be a family, or a classroom, or a place of worship or club, or a neighborhood, or of course a town or any larger political unit with common values. It’s clear that healthy literacy is a foundational quality of […]

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We are WAY Too Late!

In a recent week’s National Center for Literacy Education Smartbrief I found, “Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event.” You may read this review of a panel discussion about involving families by clicking here. My first reaction was that nobody who understands children and learning would argue against family / school partnerships. They are an essential […]

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Yesterday was World Literacy Day!

Literacy is always and only about sharing. Sometimes that sharing is between author and reader, between co-authors or among readers, sometimes even between self and future self. So, just to be clear here, there really isn’t “world literacy” without pencils and paper and books in ALL people’s hands. Prior to that happy day, World Literacy […]

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When is Free, Really Free?

The New West Fest was this last weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado. It featured day-to-night non-stop stage bands on several different venues, lots of food choices, virtually NONE of which were good for me, and an entire section for children, away from the music noise and hubbub. Unite for Literacy had a small shade-tent set […]