How Buying Comic Books Can Benefit the Library

If you haven’t considered the benefits that having Graphic Novels in the Library then this great post will remind you How Buying Comic Books Can Benefit the Library.


What Happened to My Reader? by Sarah FitzHenry and Jared Passmore

Addressing and countering the reading slump is this great article here: What Happened to My Reader? by Sarah FitzHenry and Jared Passmore.

By making reading about choice, and also supporting an environment where we don’t judge the book choices of others we can raise readers who will continue to read well after middle grade.

Maybe he just likes you…..

I recently posted about “He’s mean because he likes you here”  because I experienced such behaviours all through my schooling. I was the one who was developing way ahead of my peers, I stood out, I was the target for mean boys. I step in when I see this sort of behaviour now, it’s unacceptable harassment but growing up as I did in the 1970’s and conditioned by society to be a quiet girl I had to suffer through this harassment because the old lines were used on me and fool that I was, I believed it.

So when I saw this Cover Reveal: MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by Barbara Dee, I was heartened. Here is a book that explores this harassment, and deals with all the issues I and countless others have had to deal with growing up.

Our Top Ten Tastiest Board Books by Kathy Anne Cowie

When I read this post, I instantly recognised the books my own child and I read when they were so much younger.  It is a great celebration of Our Top Ten Tastiest Board Books by Kathy Anne Cowie.

What’s not to love about a Board Book? Able to withstand the tender grasps and chews of your toddler, and tell an amazing story too? A bargain, and they can start your child on their very own book adventure.

Al-Saji on Burka Bans

A compelling article that deals with the obsessive need to burka ban by Western governments. A great review of the normative frameworks underpinning these ideas.

Feminist Philosophers

Feminist philosopher Alia Al-Saji, in the New Statesman. Just one sample:

These misreadings of Muslim dress are more than misperceptions, since rational argument, counter examples and historic analyses fail to correct them. One grows weary of how often the debates around Muslim women’s “veiling” recommence, with a recalcitrance that repeatedly disregards previous arguments against banning the practice.

Philosophers of racism would call this recalcitrance an active ignorance, a disregard that creates or constitutes the racialised perceptions of “others.” What is more, the reinvention and rephrasing of bans on veiling are part of how anti-Muslim racism endures, taking on a different guise and hiding under the mantel of seemingly consensual social norms in a given society.

Whether it be secularism, transparency, integration, security, or ideals of freedom, justice, and gender equality, these normative frameworks are instrumentalised to justify the exclusion of Muslim women, and the differential treatment and domination of Muslims…

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Hidden from History: Indigenous Women’s Activism in Saskatchewan

Indigenous women have often been at the forefront for agitating for social change, but for a large part of history their stories have been ignored. Nadja provides a great indepth post on the Saskatchewan women who sought to decolonise Indian politics while also seeking a place at the table for themselves.


Sharewaste connects people who wish to recycle their kitchen scraps with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep chickens. Now you can divert waste from landfill while getting to know the people around you!“. 

Free and easy to use, this website enables you to sign up to receive scraps (and yes you can specify what scraps you do or don’t want to receive) or browse the map and choose a scrap receiver you can offer your scraps to.

Together we can change the world – one small step at a time.



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