Support Books of Wonder

First off I’d like to apologize for not posting for a few weeks. School has really revved up and I’m spending more and more time working on group projects! I have a few posts lined up for the next few weeks but before I get to book reviews and library school discussions, I wanted to do a quick post on a subject that is close to my heart: children’s literacy.

My passion for children’s literacy is no surprise to those who know me. Reading is such an integral part of who I am — I can remember what book I was reading during almost any major life event. More than that, my love of literature and my passion for literacy are the reasons why I chose to pursue my master’s in library science!

This summer I had the opportunity to visit Books of Wonder in NYC and listen to Peter Glassman talk about how children’s books are an important piece development (check out my posts about my stay in NYC here). By the end of the morning Mr. Glassman had all of us in tears! BOW is such a great resource for children in NYC; they hold author events, readings, special parties and volunteer at the local children’s hospitals. There’s something magical about walking in to Books of Wonder — a little like crossing into Narnia!

Needless to say, when I heard Books of Wonder was in trouble I was shocked! Here’s a little video about what happened:

Did that video break your heart like it did mine? Check out the link below to help them if you can.

http://www.indiegogo.com/booksofwonder?a=1659280

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Book Haul: July 11

Being in NYC where there are so many independent bookstores is really awful for my wallet! I can’t set foot in an indie bookstore and not buy something — supporting local is really important to me. Before you think that I just spend like a fiend, one great thing about indies is their sales! Most of the books I bought were deeply discounted. Here’s what I’ve bought recently:

        1. Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford (bought at Strand Books)

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        2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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        3. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie  (bought at Strand Books)

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        4. Advent by James Treadwell  (bought at Elm Street Books)

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