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NEA Memo on May 1 Day of Action

Here is the full text of an April 5 memo sent by National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García and executive director John Stocks to all NEA state affiliates. It spells out the role NEA will play in the May 1 National Day of Action and asks state affiliates to share information about their plans … Continue reading "NEA Memo on May 1 Day of Action"

AM News: High School Rankings, Homework Divides, DeVos Tours, Beyonce + Michelle Obama

U.S. News Ranks America’s Top Public High Schools — and for the First Time, Charters Dominate Top 10 @The74 Never Mind the Students; Homework Divides Parents - The New York Times Trump expected to order...Show More Summary

Disciplinary Hearing for Evanston Librarian

Topic: Employment & Work Stories Librarians Dozens rally for Evanston's only African-American librarian in work dispute according to the The Chicago Tribune. Lesley Williams, head of Adult Services at the library, said she is on paid...Show More Summary

UFT Executive Board Takeaway

It was remarkable to once again see CPE 1 out in force trying to save their school. Can you imagine what the school system would look like if we were all 50% as activist as they are? People told stories of outrageous abuse and irresponsibility. Show More Summary

AL DíA: Audio Books and Reading

Source: Salon For me, the most important part of the study is that the researchers focused on just listening, with no follow-along-in-the-book or other reading intervention added. The impact of purely listening to books is striking.Show More Summary

Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan Final Reports on Intestate Succession Act and Homesteads Act

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently published two (2) final reports.They are: The Final Report on Reform of The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 : "The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 determines how an estate is divided when...Show More Summary

A Cuban Book Trip: Reading Flourishes at the Havana Book Fair

The captivating country of Cuba has welcomed readers, authors, publishers, and librarians to the Havana International Book Fair since 1982. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Cuban Book Institute, this standout cultural extravaganza,...Show More Summary

Leading Adults to YA Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

According to a 2012 Bowker study, “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age,” the majority of YA buyers, at 55 percent, are adult—and of those, 78 percent are buying for themselves.

Learning To Love Romance | Readers’ Advisory

Passionate historicals, fast-paced suspense, werewolves, Vikings, modern-day bikers, Navy SEALs, Amish families. The romance genre can give you all these things and a happy ending.

Making Horror Less Scary | Readers’ Advisory

Welcome to the world of horror fiction, where monsters roam the streets, vampires attack at night, ghosts haunt every home, and mayhem is the norm.

Expanding the SF/Fantasy Universe | Readers’ Advisory

Among librarians, both science fiction (sf) and fantasy can create feelings of fear and uncertainty about our ability to serve our readers’ needs. But that needn’t be the case: here are some ways to become more comfortable with sf and fantasy and better at connecting patrons with the genre.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

Tell California State Senators to support SB 808

Network for Public Education (NPE) is helping to support California Senate Bill 808. The legislation, while it doesn't go far enough, is an important first step towards reeling in the outrageous excesses of the charter school sector....Show More Summary

15 Libraries Named IMLS National Medal Finalists

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced its 30 finalists for its National Medal for Museum and Library Service March 20, including 15 public, academic, and special libraries from Maine to Alaska. The depth and breadth...Show More Summary

The Dangers of Transhumanist Fantasy-Science

“Transhumanism.... is the idea of humanity attempting to overcome its limitations and to arrive at fuller fruition.” --Julian Huxley Gifted investigator, writer, and former evangelical Christian, Meghan O'Gieblyn, has published an abridged version of her important essay on transhumanism in The Guardian. Show More Summary

Michigan Education Association Getting Serious About Finances?

I named the Michigan Education Association as one of NEA’s five financially shakiest state affiliates. Last weekend the union’s delegates elected new executive officers, but in a way that makes MEA’s future direction a little unclear. Show More Summary

Listen Out Loud: Lou Reed Archive Comes Home to Lincoln Center

On March 2—which would have been Lou Reed’s 75th birthday—the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPLPA) announced its acquisition of the late musician’s complete archives. The press conference, held at NYPLPA’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Show More Summary

AM News: NYC Expands Early Childhood, Ridiculous LAUSD Campaign, San Diego Fights Islamophobia

As Outside Spending & Attacks Reach All-Time High, LA School Board Candidates Say Race Is Out of Their Control… Full Video: Barack Obama Appears at University of Chicago to Promote Civic Engagement…...Show More Summary

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