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What Happens When Students Are Told Their Books Were Burned

Meet Kendell Long, at 15-year-old 10th grader at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. We met Long during a tour of his school. We told him about The Big Read, and asked if he’d like to blog for us. He not only said yes, but set up a schedule, and got to work immediately. Long does it all—he’s the president…

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DISD Schools Plan for The Big Read

  One of the most exciting aspects of The Big Read Dallas is our work with ninth and tenth graders at Dallas ISD. We’re excited to provide each of the students a copy of the book. While we’re excited about it, we weren’t sure if the kids would be. So we started meeting with principals, teachers, and librarians at all…

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College-Bound? Education Is Freedom Offers Free Financial Aid Advice On February 16

News of a free federal financial aid seminar just landed in my inbox via Dallas nonprofit Education Is Freedom. Since I spent this morning at Seagoville High School, I’ve got this sort of thing on the brain. If you know a college-age student (or the parents of one) who could use assistance filling out all those confusing financial forms, such…

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Forget Black Friday. Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Poor lonely Tuesday. Happily, the 92nd Street Y in New York City is spearheading this idea of #GivingTuesday. The Big Read is taking part. If you love us (or even just Like us), please think about donating to The Big Read instead of/along with purchasing a new TV to replace your perfectly awesome TV that you…

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The Big Read Dallas Partners With Dallas ISD Teen Board

Jacki McFarland, manager of Dallas ISD student initiatives, has a sweet Southern drawl that makes you feel wrapped inside a warm blanket. She’s a wonderful lady, and she has readily agreed to help D Academy with The Big Read Dallas project. Yesterday afternoon, Krista Nightengale and I presented in front of McFarland and the Dallas ISD Teen Board, a group…

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We’re Not Saying That If You Read Fahrenheit 451, You’ll Get Rich

But we’re not not saying that, either. A bit unrelated to the general purpose of this blog, but a dude in Massachusetts found $20,000 in a used book. Like a fool good person, he’s trying to find the original owner. All this goes to show, reading is valuable, folks. And that previously owned book you bought at Half Price might…

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Why Fahrenheit 451 ?

The deadline for the grant for The Big Read was nearing. In our defense, we had just heard about the program and just found our partner. It was a cool Saturday afternoon in January. A handful of us gathered in the conference room in D‘s office. We were all sitting around the table looking at the list of books the…

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Friends of Dallas Public Library and D Magazine Recipients of One of The Big Read’s 78 Nationwide Grants

July 10, 2012—Dallas, TX — The Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) and D Magazine’s new leadership group, D Academy, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host The Big Read during the month of April 2013. The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA to restore reading to the center of American…

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