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So it appears the people who read most in the world are coming out of India. I think I will move there.
You see a list of all the other places and where they stack up next to India at Mental Floss.
I can die now because this is happening somewhere in the world:
Children (grades 1-8) who are able to read are volunteering their time by reading to shelter cats. This program is to help socialize the cats and get them adoption ready. Can we all shed a collective tear of happiness?
How beautiful is this? Two of my all time favourite things together in one place – cats and books.
Yes, I can sleep well tonight knowing this is happening.
Read more about this program on the Animal Rescue League website.
I was trying to come up with my own intro to this but the ALA’s own description is pretty awesome:
It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual
prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s
disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr.
Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all
too frequently unleashed upon them.
So, if you are a librarian who has suffered enough or know one that has – then head on over and nominate today!
I’ve heard about this book before (and seen some images) but it was my friend who sent me this article reminding me that such awesomeness exists (and that you could download said awesomeness). The Codex Seraphinianus is a visual encyclopedia of an imaginary world created by Italian artist Luigi Serafini. You might even recognize some images from it and never have known it belonged to this mysterious book.
As the article says, you can download it here and see all the imagery for yourself.
Take my word and download it, you won’t regret the weirdness throughout.
Combine art, with books with one of the best stories ever and you get this awesome piece of art.
This amazing creation is by Far Too Many Ideas over at DeviantArt. There are more pictures to be seen there.
Sigh, the little girl in me just squeeled.
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Based on stats I know I have readers from all over this world, some in my own, beautiful, wonderful country of Canada. I love Canada. I love the city I live in (Winnipeg – yep, the city that was colder than Mars not too long ago). I love being Canadian.
But what is becoming increasingly difficult is not to feel a little frightened for Canada. I am not a political person – I don’t care for politics. Give me a patch of land, a house, my husband and my 3 cats and I will happily become a hobbit. But with the articles I’ve read the last couple of days, I wonder if Canada will be okay.
We’ve got the environmental stand-offs happening in our background (The First Nations of our country are my earth heroes for the ways that are standing strong for Mother Earth). We’ve got the Canadian government putting gag orders on Scientists – and now – we have what people are calling libricide.
7 Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries were closed summer of 2013 with the promise that all the information would digitized.
Intellectual collections, some that took years and years to build, important data – has been lost forever. Some information has been saved it seems but much of it went to landfills or were burned.
Kelly Whelan-Enns, head of media and policy research for Manitoba Wildlands, spent two days at the library trying to salvage maps from the 1900s and wildlife data from the 1920s.
“I saw a private consultant firm working for Manitoba Hydro back up a truck and fill it with Manitoba data and materials that the public had paid for. I was profoundly saddened and appalled.”
These are libraries my book loving friends, maybe not the kind you and I frequent, but libraries all the same – collections of our history, information. These stories of science, of our earth – gone.
In a post from one of my Thoughts from the Bookshelf in 2012, thought #3 was a joke about reading becoming illegal.
Happy New Year?