January 23 National Handwriting Day

Tuesday January 23 is National Handwriting Day (and, not coincidentally, John Hancock’s birthday). This day of celebration and outreach and engagement with handwriting was founded in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association. Their motive was, understandably, to promote the use of pens, pencils and paper for writing, and hence their bottom line, but there’s … Read more

Banned Books Week 2017

This is the first day of Banned Books week. It’s a celebration of the right to read. Books are constantly challenged in the context of the right to read them, the right to sell them, the right for teachers and libraries to include specific books in their curricula and libraries. Book challenges and book bans take … Read more

Merry Christmas, AWers!

May your holiday season be joyful, and full of love, peace, and blessings. Merry Christmas to all of you, and a very Happy New Year.

It’s Banned Books Week!

You can read more about it here. In the meantime, what’s on the ALA banned and challenged list that you’ve read and loved? The books on this list are books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been the target of ban attempts. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great … Read more