Critical Linking: April 26, 2014

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.

Kids handing out free copies of a book that was banned in their area. Hard to not have nice feels about that.

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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 .

In the discussion of how much cell phones are ruining modern life, this sort of thing is never considered.

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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.

That will be a very frustrating mini-series to watch.

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