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​USO Family Activity Boxes Support Military Families and Encourage Teens to ‘Wreck This Journal’

Keeping families connected is something the United Service Organizations (USO) specializes in. For over 75 years, this non-profit has been providing outstanding care to U.S service members with programs that help them stay connected to family, home, and country no matter their circumstance or location. With locations across the globe, it’s no surprise that incredible ideas come from everywhere. One such idea [...]

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Our Big Collection of Interesting Book Facts!

To us, every single bit of a book is special. The written words inside are as cherished as the binding, and the history and unique story behind each and every book we carry is not lost on us!That’s why we’ve started collecting Book Facts. Call us bibliophiles, logophiles, or simply fact-hoarders, but who doesn’t love to learn something new every [...]

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Don't Panic, it's Towel Day!

“…Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”First on the scene as a BBC radio comedy in the late 70’s, then a series of popular novels, comic books, stage and [...]

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Did You Know: Why We Give Teachers Apples

"An apple for the teacher, that seems the thing to do..."While an apple a day keeps the doctor away, an apple gifted to a teacher from a student is seen as a sign of respect and admiration. But why?   It all comes down to this: During hard times, produce was a form of payment!            [...]

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Junie B. Jones and Her Literary Legacy

There are some books that send you right back in time to your childhood with just a glance at the cover art. The image on the front, whatever it may be, conjures up a memory and instantly comforts you - for a brief moment, you’re a kid again.For some it’s a classic character, like The Cat in the [...]

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​Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Celebrates Community Literacy

Literacy Alive!, a Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society initiative that encourages community literacy with fun-filled reading events and programs, is always an empowering book-centric blast for all ages…but each chapter does things a little differently.Partnering with reading organizations like the Free Library of Philadelphia and providing helpful reading resources, the newly active Drexel University chapter of KDP put on [...]

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Celebrating Perfect Pi: March 14, 2018

Founded in 1988 by Physicist Larry Shaw, March 14th marks the merging of math, science, and fun as people around the world salute the endless wonder known simply as "pi". Everyone's favorite mathematical constant, Pi (π) refers to the ratio of a circle's circumference in relation to its diameter. Staying constant at approximately 3.14159 for circles of [...]

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Teacher Tips from Katherine McKnight: Choose Choice

A high school teacher turned sought-after speaker and author on topics of adolescent literacy, interdisciplinary literacy, and more, Katherine McKnight has made it her mission to create inclusive classroom spaces where students can develop crucial skills, share their thoughts, and get excited about reading in class - regardless of their learning style or level.Our first ever Featured Educator, Katherine [...]

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Did You Know: Why School Buses are Yellow

Bright, cheerful, and easily recognizable, we all know what to expect when we see a flash of yellow in our rear-view mirror. But how did school buses become such a specific shade, and why? The Evolution of School Bus YellowThis specific color took time to concoct – in fact, it was the topic of a conference organized by educator Dr. Frank [...]

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Did You Know: Literature's Longest Sentences

The old saying goes that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…but what about by the length of its sentences?Published in 1964, Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal is a 117- page run-on sentence. You read that right – there is no punctuation, no chapters, no breaks. One continuous sentence makes up the [...]

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