Our Common Good

randomness-from-thisoldguy:

Bill Moyers for Banned Books Week (by BannedBooksWeek)

firstbook:

Hey! Do you work with kids in need? If so, then we have thousands of brand-new books for you! Spanish, English and even bilingual titles for kids ranging from ages 4-18 are now available through First Book. These titles and more are available now! To get these books for free, sign up with First Book today. http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/register/

firstbook:

Hey! Do you work with kids in need? If so, then we have thousands of brand-new books for you! 

Spanish, English and even bilingual titles for kids ranging from ages 4-18 are now available through First Book

These titles and more are available now! To get these books for free, sign up with First Book today. http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/register/

When we were children, you’d never imagine that you’d get into a right/left argument about the purpose and use of a library. It seems extraordinary to me[…] I really don’t find it a political argument. It’s about equality of opportunity. You know you don’t expect everyone to be as educated as everyone else or have the same achievements but you expect at least to be offered at least some of the opportunities and libraries are the most simple and the most open way to give people access to books.
Zadie Smith (via fujiyama-ma-ma)
firstbook:

Tumblr, help us make this happen. Vote now and Re-blog. THANKS! 

firstbook:

Tumblr, help us make this happen. Vote now and Re-blog. THANKS! 

The ACLU says this is a “ground breaking” lawsuit with potentially national implications that asserts “a child’s fundamental right to read.” The lawsuit, according to The Detroit Free Press, is grounded in guarantees by state law and the Michigan state constitution that children will either be reading at grade level or will be provided special assistance to get there.

firstbook:

In case you thought we weren’t serious about distributing 1 million books over the course of the next 10 9 days, here are some pictures of the books we are planning on distributing in Seattle. 

First Book wants to give away 1 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS IN NEED OVER THE NEXT 10 DAYS. Here’s the catch: We want the world to know about the issue of illiteracy and how they can help us fight it. In support of our effort, we will give away a book for every “re-blog”, “retweet”, and “share” we get of  this message on twitter, tumblr and facebook. Get to sharing. 

other-stuff:

lilmaj132:

thereisnothinggoodorbadbut:

treesspeakinlatin:

staysandstories:

steph-a-doodle:

joy-joyous:

Badass motherfucker of the century.

My hero.



***Winning

I don’t understand why The Catcher in the Rye is banned. IT IS A MUST-READ

Bravo. Keep being awesome.

To celebrate I will take one or two of the few books on that list that I have not read and read them.

other-stuff:

lilmaj132:

thereisnothinggoodorbadbut:

treesspeakinlatin:

staysandstories:

steph-a-doodle:

joy-joyous:

Badass motherfucker of the century.

My hero.

***Winning

I don’t understand why The Catcher in the Rye is banned. IT IS A MUST-READ

Bravo. Keep being awesome.

To celebrate I will take one or two of the few books on that list that I have not read and read them.

infoneer-pulse:

Schoolchildren are significantly more likely to be exposed to mobile phones and computers in the home than novels, according to researchers. They also found that reading frequency declined sharply with age, with 14 to 16 year–olds being more than 10 times as likely to avoid books altogether as those in primary education.

The findings, in a study by the National Literacy Trust, follow the publication of an international league table last year that showed reading standards among children in Britain had slipped from 17th to 25th in the world.

Jonathan Douglas, the trust’s director, warned that people who failed to read books at a young age often suffered serious literacy problems in adulthood. “We are worried that they will grow up to be the one in six adults who struggle with literacy to the extent that they read to the level expected of an 11 year–old or below,” he said.

» via The Telegraph

timetruthhumor:

Book Ban: Virginia Bans Sherlock Holmes from School Libraries
The Albemarle, Virginia, County School Board has banned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet from sixth-​grade reading lists, because a parent challenged the book because it was “derogatory toward Mormons.” There’s a section about a community’s reaction to — gasp! — a non-Mormon man who wants to marry a Mormon girl in the 1800s. […]
{A Parent…not several people, not a group but “A Parent”. One Parent doesn’t like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so BAN. One Parent doesn’t like Kurt Vonnegut so BAN on “Slaughterhouse-Five” in Missouri. Why do we allow one person to trump the will of others, not to mention letting one person trump common sense?!}
 

timetruthhumor:

Book Ban: Virginia Bans Sherlock Holmes from School Libraries

The Albemarle, Virginia, County School Board has banned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet from sixth-​grade reading lists, because a parent challenged the book because it was “derogatory toward Mormons.” There’s a section about a community’s reaction to — gasp! — a non-Mormon man who wants to marry a Mormon girl in the 1800s. […]

{A Parent…not several people, not a group but “A Parent”. One Parent doesn’t like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so BAN. One Parent doesn’t like Kurt Vonnegut so BAN on “Slaughterhouse-Five” in Missouri. Why do we allow one person to trump the will of others, not to mention letting one person trump common sense?!}

 

firstbook:

Read for a good cause: The Goodreads Book Club has partnered with First Book to donate 1,000 books to kids in need for every 10,000 readers. Visit at goodreads.com/bookclub and invite your friends!
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