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Neil Gaiman's Journal

Neil Gaiman's Journal
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The Arrival - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More Brain Pickings Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child As school resumes for the new year, the “home reader” routine for primary school children also recommences. For many parents and children, reading these short texts can be the most agonising part of the nightly homework routine. It’s no wonder that so many children dislike reading their home reader. These books are often mass-produced, boring texts that hold little excitement or mystery. However, parents brave the battle of reading these books every night as we all understand that learning to read takes practice. Reading does take practice and time to master. What are home readers, where do they come from and how are they used? Home readers are short, easy-to-read books, which are typically levelled in terms of reading difficulty. Commercial reading programs provide schools with an easy, quick way to add multiple copies of these readers to their classroom libraries. Why should we ditch the home readers? What should we read instead? Real books! 1. 2. 3.

Culture - Murillo and de Neve: The art of friendship Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the works of the 17th century painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Murillo lived his whole life in Seville; records suggest he left it only once, in 1658. During the artist’s lifetime, plague, famine and crop failure all ravaged the city, halved its population and left the streets teeming with vagabonds and beggar children. Murillo encountered a life of personal hardship himself. De Neve used his considerable wealth to found religious sanctuaries for the needy, and in Murillo he recognised a painter capable of both sensitively capturing the plight of Seville’s poor and creating symbols of spiritual salvation through art. Murillo’s work has been derided in recent times as too “chocolate box” – but Andrew Graham-Dixon shows how the relationship with de Neve and their mutual desire to help the people of Seville adds a new perspective to the artist’s work.

Scholarly Open Access | Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl | Children's books The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is “keep the memory alive”, and today we want to remember Annelies Marie Frank, better known as Anne Frank, who started her diary Diary of a Young Girl at the age of just 13, while hiding from the German occupation of Amsterdam during the second world war. Anne wrote her diary in hiding in a secret annex of an old warehouse for the next two years. The diary stops abruptly in August 1944, when her family are betrayed and eventually sent to Auschwitz death camp. Only Anne’s father Otto survived and published his daughter’s Anne’s diary in 1947. Even if you haven’t read the diary, you will probably have heard of Anne Frank, seen one of the many film adaptations of Diary of a Young Girl, or even visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam. But we still think that the best way to experience Diary of a Young Girl is to read it yourself. Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. We aren’t allowed to have any opinions.

The Online Books Page American Libraries Direct Current Issue: March 26, 2014 About AL Direct AL Direct is an electronic newsletter sent every Wednesday to personal members of the American Library Association. Feedback Send feedback to News at Your Library Send the URL of a news story, press release, or blog posting about your library to About AL Direct What is American Libraries Direct? Subscription Information Who gets AL Direct? Email Issues Links in AL Direct don’t work.I use Squirrel Mail.What domains should I whitelist? Content Issues I don’t have a password for the New York Times or Chronicle of Higher Education.I have comments about a news story that I would like to share.Can I share AL Direct with my colleagues? About AL Direct What is American Libraries Direct? AL Direct is an electronic newsletter sent to personal members of the American Library Association. How often is it published? AL Direct is emailed every Wednesday. What appears in AL Direct? Does this replace American Libraries? No. Email issues

Frequently challenged books of the 21st century | Banned & Challenged Books Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Background Information from 2000 to 2009 Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material; 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language"; 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group"; 619 challenged due to "violence"' and 361 challenges due to "homosexuality." Top Ten Challenged Books Lists by Year: 2001-2013

s Plays Shakespeare's Plays Before the publication of the First Folio in 1623, nineteen of the thirty-seven plays in Shakespeare's canon had appeared in quarto format. With the exception of Othello (1622), all of the quartos were published prior to the date of Shakespeare's retirement from the theatre in about 1611. It is unlikely that Shakespeare was involved directly with the printing of any of his plays, although it should be noted that two of his poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were almost certainly printed under his direct supervision. Here you will find the complete text of Shakespeare's plays, based primarily on the First Folio, and a variety of helpful resources, including extensive explanatory notes, character analysis, source information, and articles and book excerpts on a wide range of topics unique to each drama. Tragedies Coriolanus (1607-1608) The last of Shakespeare's great political tragedies, chronicling the life of the mighty warrior Caius Marcius Coriolanus.

Academic Librarian | On Libraries, Rhetoric, Poetry, History, & Moral Philosophy In the words of Jim Anchower, I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya. For the past three years I’ve been trying to put my best library-related stuff into my Library Journal column, and the pressure of trying to come up with interesting stuff every month wore me out some. Since February I’ve been out of the rotation for the Peer to Peer Review column, and for the last three months have used the time I might have spent thinking about and writing that column reading philosophy and the occasional mystery novel. The publication of a blog post about avoiding library burnout from Letters to a Young Librarian gave me the incentive to write a bit about what I’ve been reading. The past few years I’ve been reading a lot about Stoicism, both the existing writings of the Stoics themselves–Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius–as well as a number of secondary books on Stoicism (I’ve included a selection at the end for anyone interested in further reading). 6) Cultivate apatheia. 9.