something new • from USAtoday a piece on Don Borchert’s Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library which aims to do for libraries what Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase did for urban schools

oh puhleese •
Sotheby’s auctioneers displayed a rare copy of J.K. Rowling’s book “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” on Tuesday, ahead of a charity auction on December 13 when the work is expected top fetch up to 50,000 pounds. I am soo sick of this, her ever little fart is telegraphed, wonder what they have planned for her shopping lists, post it notes and snot rags? NO offense but i think they are milking this cult of Rowling way too long.

half hearted stalwart alert • Harford County’s school superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas has reversed her decision to bar a the Chocolate War from a course for high school freshmen PROVIDED all the parent’s sign off on it. Sheesh the parent’s don’t like the Chocolate War, Adventures of Huck Finn must have made their head spin around and pea soup erupt.

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