On Volunteering, Good Apples, and Bad Apples

by Jenny Krueger, Publishing Director for School and Library

We recently had the opportunity to volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland. This  organization collects food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers around our home state of Minnesota. They then distribute the food to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations that serve those in need. According to Second Harvest, more than 500,000 people in Minnesota alone struggle with hunger. That’s 1 in 10 people every day who don’t have enough to eat. By collecting food for distribution to the community, Second Harvest Heartland also saves millions of pounds of food from going to waste. Read More

Domenica’s Summer Reading List

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

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I used to think I was unusual, with a huge stack of books on my bedside table that never goes down and invariably reading more than one book at a time. But the more readers I talk to, the more I realize it’s something people do. And it’s liberating to know you can jump from book to book depending on your mood or energy level or level of enthusiasm on any given day. Read More

Combating 5 Common Excuses Not to Read This Summer

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The end of the school year is imminent, and most students can’t wait to trade their backpacks for bathing suits. Don’t despair! Summer vacation can be full of educational experiences: traveling to new places, learning a hobby or sport, or interacting with nature at camp. But no matter their plans, there is always time to squeeze in some reading. Read on for our creative responses to some typical excuses to skip summer reading.

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