What The First Harry Potter Book Looks Like Around The World: Critical Linking, June 11, 2017

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The text isn’t the only thing that has changed as the story of “Harry Potter” traveled from country to country. Various publishers chose to stray from the American cover illustrated by Mary GrandPré or the U.K. version created by Thomas Taylor, while others did not. Here are 21 magical covers from the first “Harry Potter” book that stole our hearts.

Love this look at Harry Potter first edition covers around the world.


While surrounding areas are trying to cobble together services to blunt the loss of a library, many see these efforts, however spirited, to be insufficient when compared to a county-supported system. They are also likely to be unsustainable in the long term, according to local residents and experts. “They are one of the finest American traditions,” said MaryKay Dahlgreen, Oregon’s sate librarian.

That tradition, however, has an uncertain future in Douglas County. And the coming months and years do not look promising, as local officials are eyeing even deeper cuts to publicly-funded services and institutions, Leif said. The county’s museum, which displays some of the area’s storied timber history, is on the chopping block for next year. Within two years, there will likely not be enough money to staff the county sheriff’s office.

This story was sad from the beginning and now that the libraries are closed, it’s even sadder. All over a $6 increase in taxes per year


Whether you’re looking for an escape or a kick in the pants this summer, it’s an incredible season for new books. From Big Five blockbusters to indie press gems; from experimental novels to incisive reportage and inspiring poetry; there’s something for everyone. Kudos in particular to Minnesota indie Coffee House Press (who’s on a roll this year) and Farrar, Straus and Giroux (whose three fantastic imprints are all over this list).

Never enough summer reading lists and this is a solid one


Reading is dope, so if you want to do more of it you should probably get better at it. The average human meat sack can inhale words through their eyes at a prodigious 250 words per minute, but speed-reading software can supposedly up your intake to close to 1000 words per minute if you’re dedicated. Be warned: various studies have shown that speed-reading methods might not be as effective as slower, traditional reading, and may dampen comprehension.

Anyone tried one of these apps?

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.