Weekend Edition: 5-29

Bulletin Board

This week I used two new resources for disposing of barely used books. Through Operation Paperback, I shipped 29 books off to a USO library in Kuwait. And thanks to Books for Soldiers, four history books are on their way to a member of the Air Force in Iraq and six relatively recent […]

Friday Follies 2.16

Breast enlargement is not a human right (at least in the UK).

About 40 percent of the cases in the court system of the Central African Republic are witchcraft prosecutions.

“A car insurer has asked a Canadian family to pay for repairing a broken bumper after their dog was struck by the vehicle and died.” […]

Booking Through Thursday: Bedside

What books do you have next to your bed right now? How about other places in the house? What are you reading?

This item comes late today because the answer isn’t that easy. It’s more a matter of numbers. My bed not onlyhas two small headboard shelves, there’s a small bookcase next to it. […]

Reading challenge flops on the horizon

It looks like my reading challenge efforts are more than a little weak this year. If you take a gander at the list of them to the right, there’s two I’ve done nothing toward. And the others aren’t get much better.

In one — a challenge I came up with — I’ve only read one […]

Why our kids need books at home

Although there’s undoubtedly a self-congratulatory element at play, avid readers will say they’ve long believed what a study across 27 nations has confirmed: having books at home is extremely important for children. According to the study’s abstract, “Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, […]