High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

This is one of my favorite recent stories I’ve found.  A teenager who brings her young enthusiasm and hard work ethic (that “get it done”) mentality along with fresh out-of-the-box thinking.  So nice to see this and more organizations need to encourage the youth to get involved and offer solutions.  They are smarter, more energetic and more compassionate than many assume.

What a wonderful story.

“I was shocked,” said Vaher, an avid reader since an early age, who often visited the library with her mom to catch up on summer reading as a child. “But most kids, their parents are working throughout the summer and so they don’t have the chance to go to a summer reading program.

”Vaher visited the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and — in coordination with its director, Susan Mosk — learned some 300 kids regularly attend the branch’s afterschool and summer activity programs. While the branch has a large playroom with TV and video games, Vaher noticed it only had a small bookshelf and lacked a comfortable reading environment for kids.

That’s when she envisioned her opportunity to bring that option directly to kids at the YMCA.

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NH Girl Collects Books For Texas Schools After Hurricane Harvey « CBS Boston

It started with the generosity of a child and it’s going to help hundreds of kids in hurricane ravaged Texas. When Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston, it didn’t spare schools or libraries. So a 6-year-old from Salem, New Hampshire decided to help, with books.

First grader Brooklyn Murray saw what happened in Texas. “It was so bad and people lost a lot of stuff,” she says. She wanted to help. “We thought that it would be a good idea to collect books because they lost, like, their houses, their money, their wallets and everything,” she says.

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Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

Harry Potter Kindle In Motion books feature magical MOVING pictures: WATCH this preview

This is my favorite story of the day so far! I love the thought of this – moving picture in e-books, some of them interactive! How cool is that? Imagine what you can do with children’s and Young Adult literature. I hope this really catches on and it’s no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” would be the story to bring this forward to the masses. Can’t wait to get my copy!

Full article about the new Kindle versions available at Express UK

93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW

Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.

The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.

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WF organization sending books to Gulf Coast – KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

The outpouring of support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey continues in Texoma. While many are donating food and money, volunteers at the Friends of the Library in Wichita Falls are donating books to those along the Gulf Coast.

Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers who can assist with packing and loading up books. They have already collected thousands of books and are excited to send to those down to children impacted by the floods.

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#19YearsLater: Harry Potter Fans Live Out Final #Book’s Ending

Image: Rick Navarro from San Jose, California, poses with a fan from the Netherlands.

LONDON — All was well.

Hundreds of Harry Potter fans descended on King’s Cross train station Friday morning to celebrate the final scene of J.K. Rowling’s multibillion-dollar book and film phenomenon.

The ending of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” sees its main characters send their children off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the place where their own magical exploits began 19 years earlier.

Full Story @: NBC News

Cook County judge gives books — and hope — to juveniles she sentences – Chicago Tribune

Pauel determines where they go next — home to their family or group home, sometimes on electronic monitoring, or upstairs to the juvenile temporary detention center.

Before they leave her courtroom, Pauel directs them to her bookshelf and invites them to grab a book or two. To read. To keep. No strings attached.

“I usually go stand next to them when they pick out a book, and it’s the first time that I’m not up on this bench,” she said. “I’m just a person standing next to them, like, ‘What do you like?’ We just talk. Sometimes they’re just shocked. ‘Do I return this to you?’

“I don’t think they get a lot of stuff.”

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Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost

I will never profess to anyone that writing a book is easy, but nonfiction writers do have a leg up over their novelist and memoirist peers in that nonfiction can and should be formulaic. It’s all about your table of contents, and if you bang that out on the front end and feel good about the points you’re hitting, you have a strong template to guide you all the way through to the end. Yes, you still have to execute good writing and keep your reader interested in your topic, but there are a few tricks (ie, skills) that you can implement to attract agents and editors—and eventually readers.

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