Literary Links: December Round Up

Happy Holidays! I’ve rounded up some fun and feel good news in the book world as we head into the new decade. From Bill Gates’s end of year recommendations to library fee forgiveness, here are some of my favorite links.

GATES END OF YEAR BOOK PICKS

It’s that time of year again – to hear what Bill Gates recommends reading. Typically he goes science-heavy, but this year he’s mixed it up a bit! P.S. I love that we helped promote his first pick – An American Marriage! 🙂

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2020 BOOKS TO MOVIES

Want to get a head start on reading the book before the movie? Here’s a list of popular movie adaptations coming in 2020! I’m particularly excited about The Call of the Wild and The Woman in the Window. Not to mention Dev Patel as David Copperfield!

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BOOKS FOR STUDENTS IN NEED

And now for some feel good holiday cheer from our NC neighbor. Forty-thousand brand new books were given away to students in the Charlotte area at no charge! Classroom Central partnered with Domtar of Fort Mill and First Book to get the books to students in need who attend Charlotte-area schools.

According to a report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 39% of Charlotte area third-graders were reading at grade level. Studies also show that 96% of children who read at grade level by the end of third-grade will graduate high school.

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GOT A LIBRARY FINE? IF YOU’RE IN PHILLY, YOU’RE FINE!

The trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia voted to eliminate late fines for overdue books and other materials. The hope is that the new policy, expected to take effect by spring, will drive an uptick in daily visitors and cardholders. There are two other cities already practicing the art of forgiveness – Chicago and San Francisco!

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BOOK TRENDS OF THE 2010s

And finally, before we look ahead to the new decade, let’s take a glimpse at the past. From the rise of audiobooks to instapoetry, BBC shared how reading has changed over the last ten years!

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