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Literacy

Ebooks for All Building digital libraries in Ghana with Worldreader

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/30/2015 - 07:59

Of course, Kindles and Christianity are different beasts. But the fundamental posturing can feel eerily close. Those of us who work in technology tend to take religious-like stances over its ability to change the world, always for the better.

From Ebooks for All — Craig Mod

Learning to Read. Again.

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/01/2015 - 19:16

What does reverse outlining have to do with text mining? He might not realize it, but Aaron Hamburger, in a nice Opinionator essay that enumerates the virtues of outlining in reverse for creative writing, has made a fantastic justification for new research techniques of the digital humanities. Using his piece as a springboard, I argue here that historians would be well served to expand their notion of what it means to read—as oppose to analyze—a text or set of texts with digital methods.

Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It's A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 19:40
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Poor mothers often spend way too much time hunched over a washboard. What if they could use those hours to curl up with their kids and read a book instead? A group of friends at Oxford University plans to find out by developing a combination childhood education and laundry services center, a concept they've dubbed a "Libromat."

The five team members have extensive backgrounds in childhood education, and they pooled their talents to apply for the 2015 Hult Prize, a $1 million award for young social entrepreneurs tackling some of the world's biggest problems.

Vending Machines Dispense Free Books to Children

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:12

In Washington, D.C., some vending machines are providing a new snack: free children’s books.

The Book Vending Machine program is the first of its kind in the U.S. It is the newest addition to "Soar with Reading", a literacy program started five years ago by JetBlue Airlines.

Dozens of books that appeal to children are within reach, at the push of a button...

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Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:40
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Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response
Utah boy was sifting through junk mail for something to read
http://www.ketv.com/national/mailmans-plea-for-books-gets-worldwide-res…

A postal carrier has delivered more than the mail to a Sandy, Utah boy. KSL in Salt Lake City reports that his request for books for the child to read has unexpectedly spread around the world.

What The College Kids Are Reading

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:00
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Lots of colleges have these reading programs; some are just for freshmen, and for others, the entire campus or local community joins in. The idea is that books will stir discussion — and unite a class or campus around a topic. Some schools even have the author speak on campus, or weave the book's content into the year's curriculum.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/07/23/424637255/what-the-college-ki…

Airline Sets Up Free Book Vending Machines In Southeast D.C.

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:18
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Now, Jet Blue Airways is launching a pilot program in Southeast D.C. that aims to get books into homes. Starting Wednesday, July 8, their Soar with Reading program will stock three vending machines throughout the area with free books for kids. 

From Airline Sets Up Free Book Vending Machines In Southeast D.C. - The Kojo Nnamdi Show