International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

The theme for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange.  Use this hashtag with your social media posts to raise awareness and challenge your social circle.  According to intertnationalwomensday.com, we are all urged to “Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world– a more gender inclusive world.”

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week in Canada concludes on March 4.

As  we celebrate, and defend, our Freedom to Read, it is important to remember that the Freedom to Read means nothing if people don’t choose to read.  Compared to most of human history and to most of the world today, we in Canada in the 21st Century are a very literate society.  We CAN read.  But do we?  We are not an illiterate society. But are we an aliterate society?

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

(Source: Unknown, but variations popularly attributed to Mark Twain.)
Freedom To Read Week 2017
Freedom To Read Week 2017

Find out more: freedomtoread.ca

 

Freedom to Read Week

Freedom To Read Week 2017
Freedom To Read Week 2017

Canada’s Freedom to Read Week is February 26 to March 4, 2017.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your freedom to read and many other hard fought liberties that sometimes we take for granted as Canadians. Know your rights and freedoms. Cherish them. Protect them. Exercise them.

Find out more: freedomtoreadweek.ca

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born on this day in 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington. He would become the lead singer of Nirvana and one of the leading figures of the Seattle music scene of the 90’s.  Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden became global superstars at the centre of what some called the “Grunge” movement. Despite his wealth and fame, Cobain was a troubled young man who succumbed to depression and drug addiction. He took his own life in 1994.

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World Read Aloud Day

When parents read aloud to their children, they are making a profound contribution to the growth of their kids as readers, listeners and learners. Reading aloud to kids helps to introduce children to the wonders and magic of the world of stories. So many amazing things can happen when parents read to their kids.

Source: School Library Journal
source: School Library Journal

Yet it doesn’t need to stop once kids learn to read to themselves. Indeed, it should never stop.  Adults, teens, people of all ages love being read to and reap the benefits when they get the chance to listen.

World Read Aloud Day is a chance to recognize the power of the joy of reading aloud.  Spread the word!

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