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Blind dates with romance novels

“Two sleepy cats greet patrons at A Novel Idea bookstore. Eddie, who is more retriever than cat, according to his owner, rubs up against costumers, pushing them toward the rows of used books, luring them through the cozy room toward the row of blind dates.”It’s the only blind date that you’re sure won’t stalk you later,” Cinnamon Dokken said.But this local bookstore in downtown Lincoln, Neb., isn’t a hub for singles and matchmaking; rather, these “blind dates” come wrapped in brown paper with written taglines or short phrases alluding to the contents of the book inside.” (via (Chicago Tribune)

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Your Bookshelves Are At the Heart of New Book Discovery Engine

“When Canadian engineer Peter Hudson started BitLit Media two years ago, a big part of the idea was to start an app (now known as Shelfie) that would enable readers to get a heavily discounted or free copy of an e-book by taking a picture of their bookshelf. Hudson built on that premise this fall with the addition of Shelfie Recommendations, a part of the app that Hudson hopes will be an alternative to PWBTAB (people who bought this also bought) recommendations, which have long been used for online book discovery.” (via PW)

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Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It’s A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library

“Poor mothers often spend way too much time hunched over a washboard. What if they could use those hours to curl up with their kids and read a book instead? A group of friends at Oxford University plans to find out by developing a combination childhood education and laundry services center, a concept they’ve dubbed a “Libromat.” The five team members have extensive backgrounds in childhood education, and they pooled their talents to apply for the 2015 Hult Prize, a $1 million award for young social entrepreneurs tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.” (via NPR)

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

“Amazon.com today announced its fifth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America – just in time for summer reading season. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 500,000 residents” (via Amazon.com)

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“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

“Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? Why are you here every day?” He asks them about their plans, their dreams.” (via StateImpact Florida)

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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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