The month of October finds us celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Month, and this one is personal for me as my oldest child is dyslexic. When they were first diagnosed about 5 years ago, it was both terrifying while also a huge relief. Terrifying because it was not something anyone in the family was familiar with as … Continue reading October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
According to the ALA (American Library Association), between January 1 and August 30 of 2023, there were 695 attempts to censor library materials and services including documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles. That is an increase of a whopping 20% over the same time period in 2022, which, at that time, had the highest number … Continue reading BANNED BOOKS WEEK – LET FREEDOM READ
If you're anything like me, and a lot of you are, as the end of each season of The Great British Bake Off ends, you anxiously await the next season. Well, my baking beauties, wait no more; it's back! Twelve new bakers will enter the tent next week, plus one new host, and yes, I … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is here…The Great British Bake Off is back!!!
Have you ever heard of this auspicious day? Well, if you have, I would like to be your friend and hang out and read with you! If you haven't, let me introduce you to it! Drop Everything and Read Day takes place every year on April 12th. Why April 12th? Because that is Beverly Cleary's … Continue reading Drop Everything and Read Day Is Here!!!
Whenever we come across a great source of information for our students AND staff, we just have to share! Today, let's talk about the online monograph series, New Directions for Community Colleges. What is it? New Directions for Community Colleges collects and shares information related to current trends in the world of community colleges. Published … Continue reading “New Directions for Community Colleges”
First, let's make it absolutely, 100% clear that Black History is an all-year thing, BUT...if you are looking to expand your Black History knowledge this month, we've got some great resources to help you with that! First, check out African Americans and Reconstruction: Hope and Struggle, 1865-1883 and African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and … Continue reading Looking to Expand Your Black History Knowledge? We Got You!
If you haven't heard the story of Henrietta Lacks, sit down and strap in. This is a true story that reads like a medical thriller and you will think about it long after you put it down. Her name when she was alive was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists around the world today know her as … Continue reading Need Inspiration? These Women Got You!
According to NPD Bookscan, in 2021, 825 million copies of print books were purchased, the most in any year since 2004 when the company started keeping track. Thanks again to NPD Bookscan, we also know that book sales were up 9% over 2021 (67 million more copies sold than 2020, 125 million more copies sold … Continue reading TikTok Made Me Read It
There was a time when calling a woman a witch was something of an insult. But now, there are scores of women who would happily accept that name, and would hope it were true. After all, there are MANY of us out there who are still hoping for that invitation to attend Hogwarts (not saying … Continue reading Ooooo-Ooooo, Witchy Women!
Is it possible to talk about strong female literary characters WITHOUT discussing characters from books written more than a hundred years ago? Sure, Jane Eyre/Jo March/Lizzie Bennett are all treasured characters, and they’re all certainly amazing, but can we please talk about some 20th and 21st century women? They’re pretty amazing too. To start this … Continue reading It’s Women’s History Month 2022 – Can We NOT Talk About Jane Eyre?