What are book bans really about? Fear. | Open

More years ago than I really care to count, the children’s librarian in my little town in rural northwestern Connecticut, apparently tired of my endlessly renewing the same book over and over again, pressed a copy of “The White Mountains” by John Christopher into my 8-year-old hands. Mrs. Bullock was her name. She was the … Read more

Castle Rock book store owner to replace defunded federal book donations for elementary school | Education

CASTLE ROCK — Jennifer Engkraf still remembers her excitement when a national nonprofit donated books to the Castle Rock Elementary School she attended in the 1990s. Today, Engkraf is the owner of a Castle Rock bookstore and spearheading local efforts to resurrect the book donations that sparked her love for reading roughly three decades ago. … Read more

Students of the Month – February | Local News

Mary Guckianthe daughter of Amie and Patrick Guckian, is a senior at Colonial Forge High School. Mary has served as senior class president, junior class vice president and FCA vice president. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Mary is a varsity cheerleader and has received three varsity letters. She is also a … Read more

Indiana Free Library offers weekly programs | News

Do you have a sixth- through eighth-grader who has an interest in computer coding? Indiana Free Library’s Code Brave-Kids program is full; However, there are still spots available for Code Brave-Teens. Code Brave is a free coding program open to third- to eighth-graders and offered by Indiana Free Library in collaboration with the American Association … Read more

Local students recognized for writing talents | Local News

PELLA — Local students were recognized for their writing talents in the Three Rivers Young Writers’ Creative Writing Contest and the Iowa Reading Association Creative Writing Contest. The Three Rivers Young Writers’ Creative Writing Contest is held annually and sponsored by Three Rivers Reading Council, which is the local reading council of the Iowa Reading … Read more

Jefferson City author sells his books to sponsor 10 Jamaican students | Mid-Missouri News

JEFFERSON CITY − A Jefferson City man is working to change the lives of Jamaican students by funding their education. Author Richard Cross has written 20 books, and he is selling 5,000 copies of those books with all proceeds going toward the students’ college education. Richard Cross has written 20 books, including “Letters to Future … Read more

Byrd: Banning books creates divide in higher education | Opinion

Opinion: There is an increase in the number of books being banned around the country. Not only is this ignorant of past experiences and social context, but it creates a further divide in background knowledge for students attending universities. ——— Reading provides many critical benefits to people of all ages. Literature mirrors civilization. It provides … Read more

24 books challenged for review by Catawba County Schools | Education

Twenty-four books available in school libraries will be reviewed, including works by authors Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood, after challenges were submitted to Catawba County Schools on Friday by an elementary school parent. Michelle Teague asked for the books to be reviewed for inappropriate content. The topic of what is appropriate reading material for students … Read more

Postscripts: Finding kids who have the right stuff is Pearson’s mission at Hampshire | Guest Columns

April is traditionally the month acceptance letters for colleges are sent out, and so it is for one of the least traditional colleges in this country where Daniel Pearson, of Stonington, is the director of admissions. Hampshire College, in Amherst, Mass., which opened in 1970, has no grades and no majors. It has no required … Read more

Column: Memoirs, autobiographies and a summer of library used books sales | Community

During the past month I read autobiographical books by two cultural icons who challenged cold-war values, suburban fears, comfortable social stereotypes and television humor that requires a laugh track. First published in 1974, “An Autobiography” by Angela Davis concentrates on her 18 months of jailed isolation, first in New York City’s Women’s House of Detention … Read more