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Stacey Coggin (on right) of Stacey's Sweets and her assistant Kallie pose with their winning cake in the Edible Books contest. Photo courtesy of Springfield-Greene County Library The Tell-Tale Heart by Stacey's Sweets, the winning entry in the Edible Books Contest. Photo courtesy of Springfield-...
Deborah Madigan and I first began chatting over email about a year ago, when I interviewed her on her participation in a gallery exhibit based on Sun, Stone, and Shadows . We've kept in touch since then and a few weeks ago, she emailed me about an exciting new project she was working on, The...
Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. Photo by Kimberly Truett, University of South Carolina For more than 50 years, storyteller and librarian Augusta Baker was one of the leading experts of children's literature in the United States,...
Beach Waves used courtesy of David Niblack This happens every year. The summer breezes by and suddenly it's September. What? As much as I despise the DC humidity, I, like many, pine for the longer, lighter days of June and July. In the interest of slowing time, I sat down with our literature...
June 29 2012   Island Hammock by ssyjuco via stock_xchng (First off, my apologies to William Shakespeare for mangling his words for my title. He'll be better represented later!) Well folks, today is our last Big Read blog post before we take our summer hiatus. (Don't worry, we'll be back in...
Dreams of Other Places by flickr user malias Ah, summer. A time to throw off the responsibilities of work and school, grab a backpack and a ticket out of town, and hit the road. As we dream of upcoming vacations, real or imagined, we look to the literary greats to inspire us and feed our love of...
Library by flickr user thejester100 I believe in libraries. It’s not an uncommon thing to believe now-a-days, with librarians getting more attention and programs like The Big Read surrounding us, but it’s not a mainstream idea, either. I think that should change. When I was a kid, elementary school...
Screen shot of the opening image from our Big Read film featuring Rudolfo Anaya. Rudolfo Anaya knows about story. For him, storytelling lies at the heart of, well, everything; it's what connects and shapes humanity. In the video below, Anaya shares the story behind the story of his seminal novel,...
The Art and Science of Paying Attention (Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL). Photo by Maya Stein When most people turn 40, they throw themselves a birthday party. When writer and poet Maya Stein turned 40, she got on her bicycle and began a 40-day trip from Amherst, Massachusetts, to Milwaukee,...
Relaxing photo by halvemaan via stock Summertime is (finally) upon us, and with it, long lazy afternoons of iced tea and a good book. Since I'm always on the hunt for the next good read, I decided to ask some of the NEA staffers here about their summer reading plans. "I read mainly nonfiction, but...

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