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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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