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Strive Publishing: Growing Community Uplifts African-American Stories & Dreams
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Strive Publishing: Growing Community Uplifts African-American Stories & Dreams

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Mary Taris, founder of Strive Publishing, has a dream to publish children’s books and young adult novels that inspire African-American youth to follow their dreams. “Students need books that are contemporary and relatable—books about families that look like them, doing things they do, or things they dream of doing,” she says. “The name Strive Publishing represents the continuous effort and resiliency it takes to turn dreams into reality.” And as her community of supporters grows, Mary is determined to do just that. […]

Barbershop Books: Growing Boys Who Read
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Barbershop Books: Growing Boys Who Read

by Terri Barnes

When NYC teacher Alvin Irby saw one of his first grade students wait impatiently for his haircut at the local barbershop, it gave him an idea: Put children’s books in barbershops, specifically those serving black communities. Recipient of the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize, Barbershop Books provides a growing number of barbershops across the United States a selection of children’s books aimed especially at boys ages four to eight, leveraging the power of male influences to help young boys become readers. […]

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Present Meets Past at Historic Timrod Library

by Terri Barnes

The Timrod Library has been a gathering place for residents of Summerville, South Carolina, for more than a century. Today’s Summervillians are drawn to the library by book discussions, story time, and appearances by local and regional authors, as well as by the old fashioned library experience of card catalogs and rubber stamps. Books are checked out the old fashioned way here, but wi-fi is available too, one of the many ways old meets new at this historic library. […]