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Birthday gift takes leaf from mom’s life, benefits Chicago Public School school with books

“When Geraldine Williamson was a young mother raising five kids in suburban Riverwoods, books were her passport to some necessary mental alone time.”I’d just say to the kids, ‘You stay here. Mother is going on vacation,’ and I’d stretch out on the couch and read while I kept an eye on them,” Williamson said. “That’s what books are, a vacation.”She and her late husband, Gordon, a schoolteacher, brought up their children to believe books were indispensable; that the library and the book rummage sale provided doors to recreation, education, and a richer life. Geraldine’s years as a volunteer at the Vernon Area Public Library District and as the book organizer for rummage sales at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield only reinforced that.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Artist never judges a book by its cover – Weekend

“Mike Stilkey can’t stand to see books discarded. Instead, he aims to “give them a new life” by creating works of art out of them. First, Stilkey, 40, heads to local libraries to find books that are about to be thrown out. Then he stacks them on top of one another to make a sculpture of sorts and glues them together. Each ends up looking “like a giant Lego puzzle,” he said.Then he paints on the collection of bindings. Often he doesn’t know what he’s going to paint until his brush touches the surface.” (via LA Times)

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The Custodian of Forgotten Books

“A little over a decade ago, a forgotten book was suddenly remembered. Its second life began when a fiction writer referenced it in a book of her own. A blogger read the new book, then tracked down a copy of the old one, and wrote about all this on his Web site. An archivist read the blog post and e-mailed it to a small publisher. By 2009, Jetta Carleton’s “The Moonflower Vine,” first published in 1962, was back in print.” (via The New Yorker)

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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

“The Internet has not killed the book.For film critic David Denby, this wasn’t immediately obvious. He would watch kids hunched over their phones — on the subway, in coffee shops, walking down the street — and wonder: Are kids still learning to read books?Denby, who is best known for his work in The New Yorker, went back to high school to find out. He describes his experience in Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives.” (via NPR)

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Serial Reader for iPhone Dishes Out Short Snippets of Classic Fiction Daily

“iOS: Finding time to read is hard, but if you fancy yourself a fan of classic literature, from the likes of Jane Austen, Jules Verne, or Charles Dickens, then Serial Reader’s a clever app that allows you to essentially subscribe to classic books in a serial format that’s sent to you daily.” (via Lifehacker)

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