In observance of Thanksgiving, Morning Edition on NPR has been doing a great mini-series about what it means to become an American. As a foreign-born American myself (Mabuhay, Philippines!) the idea of becoming an American is right on, as immigrants have informed and transformed the nation and its citizens from the very beginning. Just look at our Kenyan-Kansan by way of Hawaii President-elect.
In what state is the northernmost point of the continental United States?
Pez candy is made in a factory in Orange, CT. How many Pez candies are consumed annually in the U.S.?
About how tall is the supposed “Pedro Mountain Mummy” of Wyoming?
Last but not least, I wanted to mention that the National Center for Women & Information Technology is accepting nominations for their Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes young women in high school for their computing-related achievements. Winners get a laptop computer, $500 cash, and a trip to the awards ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina in March. Self-nominations are due by December 1st. That’s in one week, people!
- Adults should facilitate young people’s engagement with digital media.
- In interest-driven participation, adults have an important role to play.
Shelby covered the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site, hosted by the National Park Foundation (NPF) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). First Lady Laura Bush was at the opening ceremony, where she took only three questions, one of which was from Shelby.
Shelby also interviewed a director from the National Park Service, the official historian from the History Channel, and some local school children. But don’t take my word for it. Check out Shelby’s delightful story here.
We are all very busy and productive around here…but every once in awhile, we need a mental break. Because we’re the self-described nerds we are, sometimes we like to play a little something called Synonym Toast. Our friends at Word Girl created this game, where it is your job to help Captain Huggy Face (pictured below with our heroine) stop Chuck, the Evil Sandwich Making Guy. File this one under “strangely addictive.”
That’s “We heart books,” loosely translated. Hello, Jen here. There’s some excitement going on around here this week, as Libreria Lectorum, the largest Spanish-language bookstore online exclusively in Spanish, launches, AND “Café Literario”takes place at our HQ on Wednesday evening. Here’s our colleague Paul Niemi to tell you more about what’s on his mind:
I was thinking today about how the U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2020, 1 in 5 people will be Latino. While most speak English, studies show that Spanish is still a very important part of their lives—that means retaining customs as well as keeping la Lengua Madre or the “Mother Tongue” alive. I think that’s awesome! A majority of them live mainly in a handful of large urban centers. These families in metropolitan areas, in general, have always had access to a good selection of books, through local mom and pop bookshops, and in some cases, the big box chain stores. These days, though, as the Latino population grows, it is spreading out into areas you might not necessarily expect.
In smaller communities, book lovers looking to preserve their cultural heritage through reading in Spanish have fewer options. The neighborhood bookstore, where people can find quality books in Spanish is practically nonexistent. Enter http://www.librerialectorum.com/
To celebrate the launch, we’re hosting Café Literario, a sold-out, invitation-only event, featuring bestselling authors Mirta Ojito, Esmeralda Santiago and Victor Villaseñor.The event will be the first in an ongoing series of live author conversations here at at Scholastic.
It’s wonderful to see how the little Spanish-language bookstore that opened on New York’s 14th Street in 1960, has now become the largest Spanish-language bookstore online offering a shopping experience for kids and adults in Spanish.