As part of its Soar With Reading program, Laura Willard reports at Upwothy, JetBlue is placing book vending machines in communities it calls book deserts.
The machines are stocked with books, and the kids can take as many as they want, free of charge. To get started, they’re putting three vending machines at different locations in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
The Beginning of Little Free Libraries
For Todd Bol, the first Little Free Library was a charmed idea triggered by a lost job, a cross-country road trip, and a garage sale, Margret Aldrich writes at Utne. After turning his garage into an office, Bol decided to build a model one-room schoolhouse from the old garage door in honor of his mother, a former teacher and a lifelong reader.
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On a Saturday in May 2010, he held a garage sale that launched a thousand Libraries. He mounted the model schoolhouse full of hardcovers and paperbacks on a post. People were drawn to the Library, stopping to admire it, ask about it, buzz around it, browse through it, and generally get excited about it. The rest is history.
About ‘The Hardy Boys’ …
Frank and Joe Hardy have been blowing mysteries wide open for almost 90 years, Jabet Burns says at Mental Floss, combating ghosts, thieves, monsters, and shifty characters to the delight of several generations of kids. In its own shady case file, the series involves changing American tastes, furious librarians, and the shadowy, corrupt business of kids’ books.
In the beginning, they were shrewd anti-authoritorians. Coming out in the late 1920s and ’30s, they showed a gritty, no-nonsense world where Frank, Joe, and their pals functioned as fearless private eyes, taking on the pursuit of justice because of authority’s impotence. Bumbling policemen often interfered with their investigations and even briefly jailed them as stuffy retribution for the boys’ ingenious work.
But starting in 1959 and carrying on through today, the boys have seemingly done a 180 regarding their distaste for authority and, some critics argue, now work to defend The Man.
12 Crazy Things Found on Earth, and Some Still Can’t Be Explained
There are some truly amazing things that have been found throughout the years on earth, Dominic Trombino writes at OMG Facts, from ancient cities to objects that remain a huge mystery.
The Voynich Manuscript is a mystery that remains to this day, with plenty of theories as to what language it is written in. In 2014, two different groups came forward claiming to have solved the puzzle. The only problem was they both had completely different views. One believed it was an extinct Mexican dialect, while another thought it was a coded Asian language.
Nightmarish figures made from old tapes wander in frozen Iceland
Creepy and darkly beautiful giants have risen on Iceland’s frozen landscapes, Lucy Wang writes at Inhabitat. These faceless figures seem like the stuff of nightmares, but take a closer look and you’ll see they’re actually made of a material we’re all once familiar with: VHS tapes. Artist Philip Ob Rey created the “V” HS Project, an installation/photography project made from discarded and tangled webs of VHS tapes. The haunting creatures were partly inspired as protest against plastic pollution and mass media.
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