Several teachers and librarians also observed the gathering in the park, along with a representative of the local branch of the ACLU. The police showed up briefly in response to a call from a citizen expressing concern that teens were being given books without their parents’ consent. After questioning Kissel briefly, the police left.
UNESCO estimates that 774 million adults and 123 million children around the world can’t read or write, and this is often attributable to a simple “inability to access text.” That’s changing, though, as UNESCO found that the popularity of basic mobile phones is providing affordable and engaging resources .
Like most of JK Rowling’s literary projects, The Casual Vacancy’s release in 2012 was shrouded in secrecy. But an announcement that the book will be turned into a miniseries? Not so much.
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