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14 million fewer books available in libraries than when David Cameron took office – Telegraph.co.uk

Sunday, January 17, 2016

In 2010/11 there were more than 96 million books on Britain’s library shelves, but in 2014/15 there were just 82 million. Since Mr Cameron entered Number 10 more than 400 full-time libraries have closed in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – with spending dropping by around £180 million. Laura Swaffield, chair of The Library Campaign – a charity that supports friends and supporters of libraries – said children and…

Militant Says Foster Children Were Pulled From His Home – OPB News

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum said his four foster children were removed from his home during the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge near Burns. John Sepulvado/OPB A militant leader on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge told OPB his involvement in the occupation has resulted in the loss of his four foster children. Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette were foster care parents for troubled boys. Finicum estimates that over the past decade,…

Samantha Hunt’s 6 favorite books – The Week Magazine

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The award-winning author recommends works by Janet Cardiff, Tim Horvath, and more: Hotel World by Ali Smith (Anchor, $15). The miniature is irresistible to me. Once, when I was a girl, I was given a set of tiny green lemonade glasses for my dollhouse and I swallowed the glasses whole as if they were pills. The books on this list elicit a similar reaction. Smith’s short novel is broken into…

Reviewing books that never were – The Hindu

Saturday, January 16, 2016

One of my favourite novels as a boy was Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. Subtitled ‘The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan Relating His Experiences with the Northmen in AD 922’, it purported to be an account of an Arab traveller in the fog-haunted North. This slim paperback is crammed with Vikings, dangerous sea voyages, battles and monsters. I completely accepted the author’s assurance that the work, which was a…

Spectator competition winners: macaronic poetry – Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The latest challenge was to compose up to 16 lines of macaronic verse. A dictionary of poetic terms will tell you that macaronic is a verse form popularised by Teofilo Folengo, a Mantuan monk, which uses a mixture of languages, normally with a comic or satirical intent. I prefer E.O. Parrott’s elegant definition: ‘a school of poetry which originated in the polyglot eating houses of Trieste’. French was the most…

All Flint’s children must be treated as exposed to lead – Detroit Free Press

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Buy Photo State health officials say everyone who drank Flint water after April 2014 was exposed to dangerous levels of lead.(Photo: Tim Galloway/Special for DFP)Buy Photo In order to address the public health crisis in Flint, every Flint child under 6 years of age — 8,657 children, based on an analysis of Census data — should be considered exposed to lead. The direction came earlier this week from the doctor who forced the state…

2016 poetry fest returns with Pulitzer Prize winner, Poetry Slam founder – Palm Beach Daily News

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Poetry is as varied as the people who write it. The 11 poets featured in the 12th Palm Beach Poetry Festival, opening Monday at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, represent a wide range of styles and sensibilities. »More Arts and Entertainment news and reviews The festival, founded by resident Miles Coon, provides in-depth instruction to poets, who register in advance. It also offers readings,…

First round of state-wide pulse polio vaccination drive begins January 17 – Times of India

Saturday, January 16, 2016

BENGALURU: Make sure your children below five years of age, get the precious drop of life this Sunday. The first round of statewide Pulse Polio vaccination drive begins is on January 17. As many as 74.25 lakh children below five years age are targeted to be covered under the vaccination drive against polio. The vaccination drive between 8 am to 5 pm includes door to door outreach programmes. In order…

22 Marvel Characters Ready For The Big Screen Comic Books, Film – Comic Book Resources

Saturday, January 16, 2016

When “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo offhandedly mentioned that they have “67 characters” to deal with in the massive two-part Marvel movie, a lot of heads turned. Of course they were speaking figuratively, as they later clarified. But with a universe as massive as the Marvel Cinematic one, which encompasses 12 feature films and…

Marvel’s Secret Wars: The one thing you need to know about the giant comic … – Vox

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marvel’s Secret Wars has been one hell of a challenge. I mean this in the best way possible. The eight-month crossover event (it’s been riddled with at least 10 weeks‘ worth of delays) is a beefy, dense story that’s swallowed the Marvel comic book universe and spit it back out again. Universes were destroyed, Dr. Doom turned himself into a god, new characters were introduced, and every kind of…

Samantha Hunt’s 6 favorite books – The Week Magazine

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The award-winning author recommends works by Janet Cardiff, Tim Horvath, and more: Hotel World by Ali Smith (Anchor, $15). The miniature is irresistible to me. Once, when I was a girl, I was given a set of tiny green lemonade glasses for my dollhouse and I swallowed the glasses whole as if they were pills. The books on this list elicit a similar reaction. Smith’s short novel is broken into…

State-backed parenting classes? – The Columbian

Saturday, January 16, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks parents need government-approved advice on raising kids. British parents aren’t exactly thrilled with this recent proclamation. One of Cameron’s new policy prescriptions, unveiled Monday with an announcement that England will pour 70 million pounds (nearly $100 million) over the next five years into “relationship support,” was state-backed parenting classes. Vouchers, he said, would help cover the enrollment of low-income families. Behind the controversial new…

Marvel’s Secret Wars: The one thing you need to know about the giant comic … – Vox

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marvel’s Secret Wars has been one hell of a challenge. I mean this in the best way possible. The eight-month crossover event (it’s been riddled with at least 10 weeks‘ worth of delays) is a beefy, dense story that’s swallowed the Marvel comic book universe and spit it back out again. Universes were destroyed, Dr. Doom turned himself into a god, new characters were introduced, and every kind of…

Exec fears predators can reach kids through new Barbie – New York Post

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie is making news again — and for all the wrong reasons. The chief executive of MasterCard on Friday singled out the $75 Mattel doll as a security threat — the second time the tech-smart Barbie has run into trouble. Ajay Banga said hackers can gain control of Barbie’s voice and then “talk” to a child. The hackers can then win the confidence of the kid…

Marvel to Preview "Civil War II" and Introduce All-New Wasp in FCBD Issue – Comic Book Resources

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marvel has clarified its plan for one of the publisher’s two offerings for this year’s Free Comic Book Day. The issue will contain a “Civil War II” prelude story by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Jim Cheung, along with a story by “All-New, All-Different Avengers” writer Mark Waid and legendary artist Alan Davis, introducing an “All-New…

The brain science behind Britain’s new parenting classes – Washington Post

Saturday, January 16, 2016

How we raise our young can shape their brains. (Photo by Flickr user Nathan Rupert) British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks parents need government-approved advice on raising kids. British parents aren’t exactly thrilled with this recent proclamation. One of Cameron’s new policy prescriptions, unveiled Monday with an announcement that England will pour £70 million over the next five years into “relationship support,” was state-backed parenting classes. Vouchers, he said, would help…

Earnings soar for UK’s bestselling authors as wealth gap widens in books industry – The Guardian

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The gap between publishing’s rich and poor continues to widen, as figures from Nielsen BookScan reveal that the top 50 authors account for more than 13% of UK sales. Children’s authors dominate the top five print sellers, with Julia Donaldson leading the pack for the sixth year in succession with sales of £14m, followed by David Walliams with £11m and JK Rowling with £8m. Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley, the…

OPINION: How my Poetry class learned what really counts – Chicago Sun-Times

Saturday, January 16, 2016

In the spring of 2013, I eagerly waited for my department chair to post the teaching schedule for the following school year. Every seasoned teacher recognizes that this is a crucial moment. In an academic sense, this begins the churning of lesson plans and unit calendars, but there’s another part others may not realize, because teaching involves such a crazy schedule: 1. You begin to consider your meal plans for…

The brain science behind Britain’s new parenting classes – Washington Post

Saturday, January 16, 2016

How we raise our young can shape their brains. (Photo by Flickr user Nathan Rupert) British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks parents need government-approved advice on raising kids. British parents aren’t exactly thrilled with this recent proclamation. One of Cameron’s new policy prescriptions, unveiled Monday with an announcement that England will pour £70 million over the next five years into “relationship support,” was state-backed parenting classes. Vouchers, he said, would help…

Children Home Alone Escape Tulsa House Fire; Mother Arrested For Child Neglect – News On 6

Saturday, January 16, 2016

TULSA, Oklahoma - The mother and grandfather of four children who were home alone during a house fire are in jail. Police arrested Kyrstal Penheiro, AKA Snell, and her father, Lee Snell, for child neglect. Firefighters said four children – two in diapers – escaped the house fire Friday afternoon. Authorities said the children were ages 1, 2, 5 and 9, and home alone. The mother later said the eldest child was 10. The children escaped the…