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Open Book: Creating A Literary Arts Community
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Open Book: Creating A Literary Arts Community

by Naomi Krueger

There is a place, created from three 100-year-old buildings, where writers, book artists, and publishers work, create, and collaborate together. It’s a place where books can literally go from the mind to the page, to the bookshelf. A spiral staircase with long, narrow pages of brilliant white paper covered in faintly inscribed poems leads upstairs to pockets of people reading books and pages of manuscripts. […]

One City, One Book: Creating Conversation
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One City, One Book: Creating Conversation

by Erin J. Simpson

The idea an entire city could be convinced to read the same book over the course of a year seems like a far-fetched, if not impossible, dream. Aside from the most obvious and daunting logistics needed to jumpstart a city-wide read-along, organizers must consider what one book could be so appealing it would grab the attention of an entire city. Nancy Pearl never imagined her program would grow to what it has now become. […]

Books Vital to Yellow Ribbon Program
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Books Vital to Yellow Ribbon Program

by Meagan Frank

Five-year-old Hunter Johnson colors the pictures on the page to show which things he can do with his dad. Then he circles all the things he still can do after his dad deploys. It’s just one of the activities in his deployment activity book that helps him better understand his dad’s military deployment and its effect on his own daily life. Yellow Ribbon Programs use books to help families with deployment. […]