Today is National Read A Book Day!

Shouldn’t every day be Read a Book Day?

In another of the “Who Knew” Holidays…

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National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.

Don’t keep it to yourself.  Share the experience!  Read aloud to anyone who will listen.

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Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress.   Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!

 

8 changes that were made to a classic Richard Scarry book to keep up with the times. Progress!

 

Richard Scarry was an incredibly prolific children’s author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.But here’s something you may not have known about these classics: They’ve been slowly changing over the years.Don’t panic! They’ve been changing in a good way.Scarry started publishing books in the 1950s, when times were, well, a little different. So some of the details were quietly updated.Alan Taylor, a senior editor for the photo section of The Atlantic, noticed differences back in 2005 and decided to photograph them.

Source: 8 changes that were made to a classic Richard Scarry book to keep up with the times. Progress!

International Book Giving Day

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Some of you may know that I’m getting involved in Little Free Library (LFL) and there is a year-old library on my street under the auspices of the O’Connor Music Studio.

When our son is home for a visit, we always go out on a hiking trail with the dog, Mimi, and sometimes my mom.  On one occasion, we say a LFL in the middle of a trail and thought someone made it themselves.

Then there was another one…

DS knew I was fascinated by this whole idea and ordered one for me last Christmas.

I have found one other in our neighborhood, outside the swimming pool.

Watch for more information about our LFL.

 

In the meantime, don’t forget to celebrate International Book Giving Day tomorrow.

 

From http://bookgivingday.com/

You’ve heard about International Book Giving Day. You love the idea. You’ve got some great quality books. What next?

This fabulous infographic (above) has been created by Jo Ebisujima – Jojoebi, one of the IBGD team, to help you solve that very quandary.

Share your plans on social media using #bookgivingday

Unwanted Books?

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Personally, I can’t imagine unwanted books but if you got something that’s not to your reading taste, why not “trade it in” at a Little Free Library near you?

There are lots of them around, including 4 in my own neighborhood.

And we have all these withing a 10-mile radius:

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Find out what’s near you here.

Our library is always open to trade, browse, borrow or donate.

Greenbriar Little Free Library #33664
https://www.facebook.com/GreenbriarLittleFreeLibrary/

Picture Books to Teach Empathy and Compassion

 

This is a book list of picture books to teach empathy. A reader emailed the author and asked for a list of books which would help her child to think a little bit less about worldly goods, and a little more about the importance of appreciating non-tangible values like generosity, humility, compassion and kindness. In other words, these are books which help teach children to reject a sense of privileged entitlement.

Read the article here: Picture Books to Teach Empathy and Compassion

Building the Greenbriar Little Free Library

From February 15, 2016

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So far, Tom has filled in the cracks that appeared during shipping and has sanded everything down, getting ready for painting.

 

We’ve decided on a bright blue to match my car and a yellow roof (to make it Cushing’s colors!)

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I’ve ordered stamps for the insides of the books, pencils with our motto (Take a Book ~ Return a Book).

 

Some of our books will also be part of BookCrossing. If you don’t know what that is, here’s more info: http://www.bookcrossing.com/about

 

I’ll keep you posted with more info as the construction continues, getting ready for the Grand Opening!