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National Library Week: Day 4

We got to meet with a group of fantabulous English Language Learners this morning!  Which leads me to today’s library feature: literacy and ESL courses.

The library’s Literacy Project has all sorts of classes on offer.  You can find help with job searches and resumes, computer skills, English conversation*, preparing for the GED, TOEFL exam, citizenship exam, driver’s license exam, and much more!

That’s the most exciting thing about the library — you never have to stop learning! (Geeks out all over the place.)

*To track back to Monday’s post, one of our databases, Mango Languages, offers FREE language instruction, including English as a second language.

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Wednesday Tech Tips: Social Media & Free Speech

This article from The Atlantic gives you a lot to think about.  Internet privacy comes up often when I research for Wednesday Tech Tips.  It covers a lot of territory.  Being online offers so many opportunities to meet, exchange ideas, to learn, and make friends.

I think there has got to be a better way to prevent bullying and violence than to monitor students social media posts.  It’s dreadful to think about being unable to escape bullying though, even when you are at home.  What do you think?

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…while many perceive youth as a weakness, it’s actually an incredible strength. The single most powerful element of youth is that you don’t have the life experiences to know what can’t be done.

Adam Braun was doing well for himself.  At age 24 he was working for Bain & Company, and looking at a lucrative future career on Wall Street.  But he felt purpose was missing from his life.  And so, despite the advice and warnings from family and friends, he followed his heart and founded the “for-purpose” organization Pencils of Promise, dedicated to building schools and providing education for the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Five years later, Pencils of Promise completed their 100th school building.  And that is just the beginning.

Inspiring is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but no other word can describe this book.  By telling his story of how one person started a movement, Braun illuminates how very possible it is to change our world.  He is clear and practical about the hard work, but also about winning allies to conquer goals.

Whew…you guys, I’m getting weepy just writing this.  I highly recommend this book.

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Boston Public Library hosts exhibit marking anniversary of marathon bombings


To mark the anniversary of the bombings, the material will be curated into an exhibit called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial.” It will be hosted by the Boston Public Library now through May 11.

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Goinnnn to the bookstore 

and we’re

gonnnnna get maa-aa-aarired 



ransom and i got married several months ago in an intimate ceremony, but recently had a larger reception for more family and friends, and it was a blast! as we’re both writers, it seemed fitting to have the event at one of our favorite bookstores: the last bookstore in downtown LA. we’ve had a lot of requests for photos, so i thought i’d drop a few here. hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

:::for the especially curious:::

my bouquet: was made from the pages of ransom’s novel (miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children).

our photographers: brandon + katrina of brandon wong photography.

venue: the last bookstore in downtown los angeles.

catering: the extremely fabulous heirloomla.

flowers: from floral art!

rentals: furniture from found rentals, dishes from dishwish!

the band: one of our favorite local indie bands, the gallery.

hugs and books!



Awwww, you guys — how writers get married.  So classy.