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Tea Time With Katina And Leah

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4-12-24

The wonderful Ramune Kubilius sends us this astonishing news!  

Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey, started noticing an increasing number of books being thrown away. Rather than let them end up in landfills, they began rescuing the books. Initially, they shared the books with colleagues and families. As the collection grew, they decided to create a public library in an abandoned brick factory within the Çankaya district.

The library has been a huge success. It offers a wide range of books and even has a mobile library built into a converted garbage truck to reach more people. It’s become a community hub, a place to promote literacy and the joy of reading.

Here’s another cool story from the Wall Street Journal, April 6-7, 2024, by Ben Zimmer about the origin of crossword puzzles which we all love. “Crosswords reach down and across a century – today millions of us obsess over the little black and white squares, but the first puzzle book publishers just wanted to cash in on a fad.” It was early 1924, and Richard Simon and Max Schuster wanted to start a publishing company. Simon’s Aunt Wixie suggested that they publish books of crossword puzzles. She enjoyed solving them in the morning newspaper, The New York World. Margaret Petherbridge had taken over editing the World’s crossword puzzles and agreed to compile 50 crosswords that were sitting unpublished in  her desk drawer. When Simon and Schuster published The Crossword Book, they didn’t put their names on “the iffy proposition.” The book sold for $1.35 including a sharpened pencil and eraser and was published under the imprint Plaza Publishing Company. The first run of 3,600 copies sold out right away and many more printings followed. What a craze they had created then and now!

We’ve been noticing that there’s been discussion over the teaching and desirability of cursive handwriting in school curricula. Enter the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest which recently crowned nine students as 2024 grand champions of cursive writing, including 10-year-old Zita Miller. “I like handwriting because it’s like art,” Zita said. (See Winning Handwriting

National Handwriting Day was invented in 1977 when educators began to feel that handwriting was being lost as a skill. It’s true in several cases. Have you ever tried to read your doctor’s prescription? daysoftheyear.com

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