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Develop a Diverse Book Comfort Zone

Despite indications over the past few years of the ascendency of digital texts and, for many, hand wringing over the imminent death of printed books and bookstores, after an adjustment in the book publishing and selling markets, printed books in all sizes and shapes are still with us, much to the relief of every tactile […]

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Plant a Book Garden. Grow Readers.

By Mike McGuffee My mother always had a garden. To be precise, she had lots of gardens. Our yard was dotted with plants that were given the prospect of a good life from my mother’s hands. Through the backyard of my childhood, I grew alongside Black Diamond Watermelons and Paper Shell Pecan Trees. I believe […]

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Wet Books: A Burden for us ALL to Carry

When I was first a professor I was in a cubicle in the basement of a 200-year-old building of an even older university. Charming, right? In my second year, the university began to build a new library next door. For weeks there were pulses of concentric waves in my water glass, caused by the pounding of […]

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Lifelong Library

It’s time we stop worrying about yearly achievement scores and start worrying about our children’s futures in fuller ways. Achievement defined by the popular Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is “to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life,…”* …and life? Hmmm. […]

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It’s a Lovely DIA in the Neighborhood

Today, on April 30th, DIA will be celebrated by the American Library Association. DIA is about rejoicing in diversity in children and in the books they are offered to read. Diversity is such a very broad topic that it’s hard for any of us to get our heads around all of it. When folks throw in […]

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Women Weave a Tapestry of History, Learning

Okay, boys and girls, let’s name 10 things that women have done to enrich our history or enhance our opportunities. Right, okay, sure…uh…let’s see…hmmm. For me at least, that question is harder than I think it should be. I grew up long before there was much effort to educate children—boys and girls—that history should showcase the […]