Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard

I think it’s rather appalling that it takes a “movement” to have these writers included, I would have thought they were long ago.  Great writing is great writing – no matter the ethnicity / religion of the author.  Still, I’m glad to see the change is finally happening.

Students have campaigned to 'decolonise' the university

The University of Cambridge’s English faculty is taking steps to “decolonise” the curriculum in response to a student campaign.

Full Story: Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard

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.

Full Story : High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.”

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

11 books to help you talk to your kids about race and racism | BabyCenter Blog

I know many parents are confused or concerned on how to begin the conversation of race when it comes to their children, especially after recent events.

A book (or a film, cartoon, etc) can help by being a non-threatening jumping off point for the conversation.  This blog has done a good job of giving you a starting point by featuring eleven different books approaching this topic from a variety of angles.

Take a look at the list & don’t be afraid to have the difficult conversations.

Article: 11 books to help you talk to your kids about race and racism | BabyCenter Blog

Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank gives hundreds of thousands of free books to kids in need – News 5 Cleveland

Tucked away in a warehouse in midtown Cleveland, you will find thousands upon thousands of books.

They’re brand-new, slightly used, and there’s every single genre you can imagine.

It is the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, a program with the goal of putting books in the hands of every child in Cuyahoga County.

Full Story: Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank gives hundreds of thousands of free books to kids in need – News 5 Cleveland

19th Annual Battle of the Books takes place at ECC South | wivb.com

I would have absolutely LOVED this as a kid!!

Twenty three teams. One hundred and fifty nine competitors.14 libraries and five books. That’s what makes up Buffalo’s Battle of the Books.

Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of Erie County’s Public Library System, told News 4, “It is an exciting jeopardy round program, that will go through a series of eliminations answering unbelievably specific questions about 5 books that these children have been reading.”

Full Story:  19th Annual Battle of the Books takes place at ECC South | wivb.com