Today, 16% of the world population is illiterate and 2/3 of the world’s illiterate adults are women. Source: UNESCO
This is Emma and she is 10 years old. Emma has music in her soul and dances wherever, whenever! She received her Madeline shirt as part of our partnership with KultureCity. KultureCity supports families of children with Autism. One of the many things that KultureCity does is work with families to help them feel connected to their communities when at times they can feel a big disconnect. At Out of Print, we are hoping to help bridge the gap by giving these kids great shirts to start a conversation about the world’s best stories!
This is Dillon. He was sent his Animal Farm shirt through our new partnership with KultureCity. KultureCity is an organization supporting families with children who have autism. KultureCity is working towards helping families gain access to programs, devices, such as iPads for nonverbal children, respite care for the parents and other fun stuff like our shirts! Dillon has autism and is nonverbal. Dillon’s strengths these days are that he is calmer and happier. He is trying so hard to understand what his teachers and family are teaching him and is doing well using his iPad. We are thrilled to support KultureCity and great kids like Dillon!
Book in Question: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
Complaint: According to Doctorow, it’s “the book’s positive view of questioning authority, lauding “hacker culture”, and discussing sex and sexuality in passing.”
Result: The principal of Booker T Washington High in Pensacola, Florida cancelled the school’s One School/One Book summer reading program featuring Little Brother.
Author response: “I think that the role of an educator is to encourage critical thinking and debate, and that this is a totally inappropriate way to address ‘controversial’ material in schools.” Also, the publisher, Tor Books, is sending 200 free copies of the paperback to the high school.
You can listen to Doctorow’s full reponse here:
UPDATE: 5/12: We are happy to report that the Wilson County school district has restored “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” to its student readings lists! (read the story here, via The Tennessean)
Editorial in The Tennessean titled “Banning Books is Never the Answer”
Book in Question: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
Complaint: Offensive language
The Wilson County School District in Tennnessee banned The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from its reading list for ninth-graders taking honors-level English classes. “The F-bomb is pretty common in that book, and that’s what I have a problem with,” said board member Wayne McNeese. “I’m not dumb enough to think students don’t hear that language, but it doesn’t mean we should promote it.” (h/t The Tennessean)
Remembering Maurice Sendak, who died on this day, May 8, in 2012.
“Education is not simply to learn to read and write. It’s emancipation. It makes you free.” -Ziauddin Yousafzai
The Kentucky Derby, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is this Saturday, May 3rd. If you read anything this weekend, let it be this essay by Hunter S. Thompson, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, sketched by Ralph Steadman, 1970 (via Grantland and brianb.freeshell.org).
Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 3
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California Bookstore Day – Saturday, May 3
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Complaint: Encourages children to use violence against their fathers
Suggested: Remove from Toronto library collection, issue an apology to fathers in the GTA (Greater Toronto area) and pay for damages resulting from the book.
Findings: The children are actually told not to hop on pop. “STOP You must not hop on Pop.”
George Washington’s personal recipe for “small beer,” which appears in the notebook dating from 1757 that Washington kept while he served as a colonel in the Virginia militia.
To make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. “” Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler & strain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. Let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast if the weather is very cold, cover it over with a Blanket & let it work in the Cooler 24 hours. Then put it into the Cask “” leave the Bung[hole] open till it is almost done working “” Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.
During National Library Week, we are donating a portion of our sales to Public School 244 (Pre-K to 3rd grade) in Queens, New York to help them get a fully functional library.
On our visit to the school last week, we asked the students about their favorite books, characters and what they loved about libraries.
Here are some of their responses!