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.

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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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Music can improve our cities. So why isn’t music urbanism a thing? | CityMetric

Proof that the arts can make a real difference in a young person’s attitude and life.  Why we don’t have more community based programs like this is beyond me.  How much evidence do we need before we actually start caring about this stuff?

The program, called Youth on Record, taught songwriting, production, DJ and other skills, and its success was staggering. The high school truancy rate of those attending the after-school program was cut in half, as they weren’t allowed to attend if they didn’t go to regular classes. In addition, a new income stream was created for local musicians who were paid to teach. Since the school was first set-up, the organisation has recorded albums, staged a community festival and improved the lives of hundreds of residents.

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Should Education Focus Less On The Creative Arts, More On The Art Of Creativity?

We have a problem in our country right now. Like the energy crisis of the 1970s, we now have a creativity crisis brewing in our schools. And in as little as ten years it will directly affect all businesses, particularly in marketing. However, I have a possible solution. Let’s reframe how we look at creativity in public schools from a series of downstream talents (e.g. music, theater and the visual arts) to a more upstream lifeskill that can be applied to all aspects of a student’s life …

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Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News

Three years ago, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had to give up his job as a software designer, but his wife Joni says the cruelest part is the toll it’s taking on the music he composed.

“Losing the songs would be like losing him,” she said.

A part of Alzheimer’s we don’t often discuss – the loss of “self”.  It’s not just about forgetting the little things like daily activities or even the big things like recognizing family & friends.  It’s also about losing what has made us “us” – our unique, personal identity.

It feels as though Alzheimer’s steals from us the very things that make life worth living, as if it eats away at our soul piece by piece and leaves an empty shell.

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New music therapy program in Roanoke sparks memories for dementia patients

A new music therapy program in the Star City has the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Friendship Health and Rehab to play music for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients each week.

But it’s not just a concert at the Friendship community. The healing arts program has a specialized schedule of songs and interactions to get the patients involved. There’s a question and answer session and the patients use their own drum sticks or egg shakers to play along with the music.

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