Weekly Reader

The title of this blog post series pays homage to the beloved childhood informational news bulletin, Weekly Reader, as I highlight favorite finds from around the web.
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Knitting

Dreamer yarn bomb in Tuscon (RedHeart – February 8, 2017)
Yarn bomber and designer Stephen Duneier decorates Tuscon’s children’s hospital.

Edu-tainment

Kate McKinnon Will Voice Ms. Frizzle in Netflix’s “Magic School Bus” Reboot by Cole Delbyck (Huffington Post – February 8, 2017)
Just about anything Kate McKinnon does makes me laugh out loud, and while I was a little too old for the original Magic School Bus series years ago, I may not be too old to appreciate this new version!

Music

Solmization from Encyclopaedia Britannica (accessed April 17, 2017)
In a recent conversation with a music-appreciating colleague, she asked me, “Do you know the history of where do, re, mi comes from?” As many years as I’ve studied music and solfege, I never knew where the actual syllables came from, but now I do!

Spiritual

8 Things Whole-Hearted Creative Women Do Differently by Emily P. Freeman (March 22, 2017, blog post)
I’ve read this quietly, read this aloud, printed a copy for myself to read at work, and sent a copy to a friend. Resounding YES.

The Blessing in the Ashes by Katie Leigh (April 3, 2017, blog post)
When searching for Holy Week blog posts in WordPress, I came across Katie’s beautifully written entry about Lent with a parallel to Harry Potter. I’ve now subscribed to her blog and can’t get enough of her writing about spiritual practices in every day life.

 

What encouraging, insightful, or fun information have you read this week?

 

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Weekly Reader

The title of this blog post series pays homage to the beloved childhood informational news bulletin, Weekly Reader, as I highlight favorite finds from around the web.
weeklyreader

Libraries

The $12 million facelift that’s returned a New York ‘rose’ to its former glory by Alba Prifti (CNN Style – October 5, 2016)

Visiting the New York Public Library is on my bucket list and these photos just whet my appetite for bookish travel!

Who was Casanova? (Walks of Italy – accessed February 10, 2017)

As I listened to an episode of Travel with Rick Steves on NPR, his guest mentioned the history of Venice, Casanova, and how he became a librarian in his later years. I bet you don’t associate Casanova with being a librarian!

Faith & Spiritual Life

There’s one thing Pope Francis wants Christians to give up for Lent by Antonia Blumberg (Huffington Post  – February 8, 2017)

Good reminders about looking after the marginalized as Easter approaches.

You Can Take the Girl Out of Missouri…

Harry Truman still casts a long shadow in Independence, Missouri by Melissa Block (NPR – February 5, 2017)

Everyone should pay a visit to the Truman Presidential Library in Independence!

Musical Inspiration

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer’s “Bach Trios”… (Nonesuch – accessed February 10, 2017)

The Optometrist and I are HUGE fans of Chris Thile, have all the Punch Brothers recordings, have seen Nickel Creek live, enjoy his work as host for A Prairie Home Companion, and the discovery of this upcoming album will bring joy to us both, I assure you! We already have immensely enjoyed The Goat Rodeo sessions and Bass and Mandolin, featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer, so this new trio album will be a real treat!

Click above to view/listen Trio No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530, Vivace.

Weekly Reader

The title of this blog post series pays homage to the beloved childhood informational news bulletin, Weekly Reader, as I highlight favorite finds from around the web.
weeklyreader

Books & Literacy

Why we should all be reading aloud to children by Rebecca Bellingham (TEDx Talk (9:29 minutes) – December 29, 2015)

“Reading aloud gives kids a special kind of access to the the transformative power of story…to deeply understand, to think, to learn, and discuss big ideas about the world, about the lives of others, and about ourselves.”

‘Goodnight Moon’ author Margaret Wise Brown was no lady whispering hush by Barrie Hardymon (NPR – January 22, 2017)

A little insight into the life and writings of children’s author Margaret Wise Brown.

Girl Power

Want to raise a trail-blazing daughter? ‘The Notorious RBG’ says do these 7 things by Bill Murphy, Jr. (INC – accessed January 23, 2017)

Seven tips for raising well-rounded girls from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Baking

Chocolate chip cookie guide (Food Network – accessed January 26, 2017)

12 variations of ingredients and baking specifications to create your perfect chocolate chip cookie. (The one made with coconut oil is my favorite.)

Celebri-tah

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt buy Brooklyn townhouse by Mark David (Variety – October 17, 2016)

I want to be friends with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt if for no other reason than to visit their new (to them) home in New York.

 

 

Weekly Reader

The title of this blog post series pays homage to the beloved childhood informational news bulletin, Weekly Reader, as I highlight favorite finds from around the web.
weeklyreader

Books & Literacy

Take a peek at the Children’s Book Week poster by Jocelyn McClurg (USA Today – January 19, 2017)

Looking ahead to May when Children’s Book Week takes place, what a visually eye-catching and kid-friendly way to promote literacy!

Meet the writers who still sell millions of books. Actually, hundreds of millions. by Karen Heller (The Washington Post – December 20, 2016)

A bit of insight into the success of literary household names.

Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency by Ruth Kinane (Entertainment Weekly – January 18, 2017)

What a well-read President we’ve had! From this list I’ve read Brown Girl Dreaming,  All the Light We Cannot See, one of the books in the Junie B. Jones series, The Great Gatsby, Where the Wild Things Are, and the Harry Potter series. I am currently listening to H is for Hawk on Audible and want to read The Underground Railroad, Gilead (on my bookshelf), and Cutting for Stone (on my bookshelf).

Travel

Journey across Canada by train by Nancy Gupton (National Geographic – accessed January 14, 2017)

Beautiful, nostalgic, and romantic – what a trip of a lifetime this would be!

We the People

Watch Michelle Obama take a final stroll through the White House with First Dogs Sunny and Bo by Megan McCluskey (Time – January 18, 2017)

If you’ve ever moved before, you know how it’s never easy…even if you are the First Lady.

Pete Souza, Obama’s chief White House photographer, on making pictures for history by Mike Hofman and Alex Reside (GQ – January 19, 2017)

A candid interview with Souza reflecting on how he captured everyday and monumental Presidential moments over the past 8 years, his time also photographing President Reagan, and personal insight into the art of photography.

 

What encouraging, insightful, or fun information have you read this week?

Weekly Reader

The title of this blog post series pays homage to the beloved childhood informational news bulletin, Weekly Reader, as I highlight favorite finds from around the web.
weeklyreader

Libraries & Literacy

Moving forward together by Julie B. Todaro, American Library Association (ALA) President (American Libraries – Jan/Feb. 2017)

On the importance of libraries serving our patrons,
We must continue to be inclusive beacons for meaningful and equitable public discourse, push for social justice, champion intellectual freedom, fight for equitable access to resources and services for our constituents, protect privacy, commit to diversity, and strive to ensure that we help build and sustain a literate constituency.

How data and information literacy could end fake news by Kalev Leetaru (Forbes – December 11, 2016)

Today we have access to all the world’s information, yet we take no advantage of that information to be more informed citizens of the world.

Through a series of tests, the authors found that at every level of education, from middle school to high school to college students, digital natives found themselves unable to perform even the most basic of tasks of recognizing a news article from a paid advertisement or recognizing an editorial from hard news reporting.  (Emphasis mine.)

Instead, to truly solve the issue of “fake news” we must blend technological assistance with teaching our citizens to be data literate consumers of the world around them.  

Yes, this is my role as a librarian!!!

Ghostwriter: The Most Literary 90’s Kids Show by Nick Ripatrazone (The Atlantic – August 4, 2016)
I loved this show on PBS! Maybe you did too!

Spiritual

Epiphany: In celebration of the journey by Ruth Haley Barton for Transforming Center
Moving beyond advent to being obedient where God is leading me – yes and amen.

History

National park honoring Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman made official by Nicole Gaudiano (USA Today – January 10, 2017)
Wouldn’t this be a neat place to visit?

Social Justice

A new type of food pantry is sprouting in yards across America by Deborah Shaar (NPR – January 11, 2017)
Look out Little Free Libraries, neighborhood food pantries are joining you!

 

What encouraging, insightful, or fun information have you read this week?