The Queen Gifts President Trump Churchill’s Book on World War II

The Queen Gifts President Trump Churchill’s Book on World War II

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Queen Elizabeth II gifted President Trump with an abridged first-edition of Winston Churchill’s book on World War II Monday during Trump’s three-day state visit to England. The queen welcomed the president and the first lady at Buckingham Palace with a lavish state banquet as a celebration of the two countries long-standing alliance. It is tradition for the queen to gift heads of state during official visits. Though President Trump has expressed that he does not have much time to read, he is known to be an avid admirer of Churchill. Within hours of being sworn into presidency, Trump moved a bust …

Suds and Stories—Tackling Literacy at Laundromats

Suds and Stories—Tackling Literacy at Laundromats

Laundromats across the country are taking on an unexpected cause—childhood literacy. Several organizations are connecting libraries to laundromats and holding free book-shares and storytimes for low-income neighborhoods. The incentive is to boost literacy among children whose community libraries are defunct or overcrowded and under-resourced. Now children are learning the joy of reading somewhere their families frequent, without the added hurdle of library fines and fees. These programs work through a myriad of methods, with some of them equipping parents to read to their children while waiting, hosting librarians for a book-reading, distributing and lending books, or even setting up Wi-Fi …

9 Poignant Books by Black Authors You Have to Read

9 Poignant Books by Black Authors You Have to Read

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Beautifully written and deeply moving, these nine books explore race and identity. Tinged with each author’s personal experience, these stories are raw, visceral, and unapologetic.   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi     Image Via Amazon   Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into separate villages. They go on to face wildly different fates; Effia marrys an Englishman and lives out a life of comfort, while Esi is sold into slavery and shipped off to America.  One vein follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of turmoil in Ghana as the Asante and Fante nations wrestle with colonization. The other vein follows …