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A Brooklyn Librarian Will Now Make You a Personalized Reading List, and You Don’t Even Have to Put on Pants

“This has been, without a doubt, an excellent summer for New York’s libraries. In Manhattan, the Stephen A. Schwartzman branch set up a beautiful outdoor reading room that was open for the past two weeks before closing on the 22nd. A group of seafaring booklovers announced that they’ll launch a floating library aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship for a month come September. And now, in a less temporary and totally genius move, a group of hardworking librarians across the Brooklyn Public Library system will make you a personalized reading list. You don’t have to leave the house, dress yourself, or talk to another human being to put in a request for one. The future is here, and it is glorious.” (via Village Voice)

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In Bergen, Passaic libraries, languages add diversity to story time

“They may look like the story times that have long been a mainstay of local libraries and their outreach to children. But listen closely and there’s an unmistakable difference. In Leonia, the story is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” but the librarian is reading it in Korean. In Palisades Park, kids are urged to enunciate letter sounds encountered in a story by repeating the “aaaah” in “agua” and the “l” in “lechero.” And in Clifton, there are plans to start a story time in Gujarati, the language of a section of the Indian subcontinent. The programs have the same goal as the ones established long ago in English: developing young children’s literacy skills and promoting language development through books, discussions and songs. The goal, experts and library staff said, is to establish a foundation for future success in reading and in school.” (via NorthJersey.com)

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Survey: Kids who read in summer most likely to be girls, ages 9 to 11, at libraries, whose parents would rather see them outside

“A newly released survey from the literacy nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental concludes that American kids read less over the summer (surprise!), and that their parents aren’t placing a high priority on summer reading, are satisfied with the amount of reading the children do accomplish, and aren’t concerned about a “summer slide” in reading skills.” (via OregonLive.com)

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S.C. Governor Upholds Penalties for Gay-Themed Books in State Budget

“Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has opted not to veto a measure in the state’s 2014-15 budget that would penalize two universities by a total of nearly $70,000 for assigning books with gay themes, reports The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Under the budget, the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate will have to spend $52,000 and $17,000, respectively, to teach the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents, “including the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals.” The budget will take effect on July 1. The South Carolina House of Representatives initially voted to strip the universities of the funds outright, but it later opted, in tandem with state senators, to direct the money to the teaching of the founding documents.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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BookReels, an MTV for Books?

“BookReels, a dedicated interactive website that allows publishers and authors to post multimedia visuals ranging from animated book covers to trailers, is now available for readers as a unique way to preview and browse books. The founder and CEO of BookReels is Dan Rosen, a screenwriter and director who has worked on a number of book trailers. With his friend CV Herst, a writer and tech entrepreneur, the Los Angeles-based duo came up with the idea to create a website where authors and publishers could easily promote themselves, through visual means, and simultaneously sell their work.” (via PW)

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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Marks 10 Year Anniversary

“During the past 10 years, more than 1.5 million books have made their way into the hands of children through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. If the amount of books supplied were stacked on top of each other they would equal the height of 20 CN Towers, or laid end-to-end, they would span the length of PEI. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation will mark its 10th anniversary by announcing the 20 new recipients of the 2014 Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant. The Foundation will once again donate $1.5 million to 20 high-needs elementary schools in an effort to bolster literacy and transform school libraries across the country. To date the Foundation has committed more than $17 million to 1,600 elementary schools in Canada through its Literacy Fund grant and community Adopt a School program. The Foundation continues to ensure that all children have equal access to books and encourages a lifelong love of reading.” (via CNW)

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Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

“To kick off the summer reading season, Amazon.com today announced its fourth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.” (via Amazon.com)

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Young Iraqi hopes books will stop his peers from migrating

“Bathed in the rainbow-colored light of an old Baghdadi window, Ali al-Makhzomy explained his plan to get technology-obsessed young Iraqis to read books — old-fashioned books, with pages. Outside the cafe where he sat, concrete blocks protect businesses from car bombs. Eleven years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, young people who despair of a future in Iraq are still trying to emigrate. Many of those who remain hope that their country will someday emerge as a new version of ultra-modern, oil-rich Dubai.” (via The Washington Post)

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The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix

“Struggling against plunging prices and a shrinking audience, book publishers think they’ve found a compelling vision for the future: magazines. oday, the San Francisco-based literary startup Plympton launched an online fiction service called Rooster. It’s sold by subscription. It’s priced by the month. And it automatically delivers regular content to your iPhone or iPad. In other words, it’s a book service that’s packaged like a magazine service. And it’s just the latest example of how books are being packaged like magazines. With Rooster, readers pay $5 per month in exchange for a stream of bite-sized chunks of fiction. Each chunk takes just 15 minutes or so to read, and over the course of a month, they add up to two books. The service builds on the success of Plympton’s Daily Lit, which emails you classic literature in five-minute installments.” (via )

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For the homeless, taking shelter — in a book

“When I appear at the fence of the Glendale homeless shelter with my rolling suitcase, I hear cries of “It’s the book lady” or, if I’m with my daughter, “It’s the book ladies; let them in!” At that point, we are allowed to cut to the front of the line and pass through the gate without being wanded or searched. We then head for a table in the hall where we empty our suitcase and spread out our books. Since I’m on the board of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, I collect most of the books I bring from the red-dot, super-sale bookshelf at the library. These are donated books that no one purchased at the library’s sale.” (via latimes.com)

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