In Our Feeds: Presidental pinning, in defense of libraries, and the best field trip ever.
By Megan on March 30th, 2012
Each Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Enjoy!
Breaking news: The President is on Pinterest! Yep, Barack Obama has eight boards, comprised of family recipes, photos from the campaign trail, cool “ObamArt” and other patriotic pins (the American flag cupcakes are my personal favorite).
Spoken like a true librarian, Jess found this ode to libraries featuring 16 reasons why they’re still relevant. Number 10 resonates with me: “Eliminating Libraries would Cut Short an Important Process of Cultural Evolution” aka the democratization of knowledge! Lending out books for free is a wonderful, democratic practice (and reinforces Scholastic’s belief that every child has a right to read).
Is a Nook better than a book? Morgan shared this compelling piece from The New York Times on early readers and their enthusiasm over consuming books electronically. She poses a great and currently unanswerable question given the “newness” of the e-reader: Should parents and educators embrace e-books or ration e-reader screen time?
A heart-warming success story from Tyler about how READ 180 transformed the students at Jackson County Central Middle School. “Students who couldn’t read are. Students who couldn’t read well are proficient. Students who hated to read love it. Students who were not passing accelerated reading tests are nailing them.” Wow.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite writer’s bedroom looks like? Kristen shared Apartment Therapy’s round-up of famous writers’ eclectic rooms. We can learn so much about a writer from his or her living space (example: if you’re curious what Victor Hugo’s favorite color was, look no further).
Lastly, a find from Alex: kids around the country were taken on the ultimate field trip last week. They didn’t go to a national park, Disneyland, or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the movies to see The Hunger Games! Lucky ducks.
Have a great weekend!