What Do You Think of Reading Books as a Punishment?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:29
From an article in The New York Times, a judge imposes juveniles to read from a list of books and report on their reactions.

  • A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”

    Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book.

  • 6 Books to Read in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

    Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 23:49
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    Historians and biographers have spent much ink celebrating and interrogating the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 50 years since his assassination on April 4, 1968. Readers interested to know more about the iconic civil rights hero can choose from a wide range of literary options — from shorter books that give an easily digestible overview of his life, to multi-volume tomes exploring his every action in great detail. While some books take a holistic approach toward the life of the man, others focus in on sub-topics of his legacy.

    Jeremy Keith on forced SSL, AMP, and abuse of power

    Submitted by Blake on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:39
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    I strongly disagree. If you also disagree, I encourage you to make your voice heard. Remember, this isn’t about whether you think that we should all switch to HTTPS—we’re all in agreement on that. This is about whether it’s okay to create collateral damage by deliberately denying people access to web features in order to further a completely separate agenda. This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web.

    From Overdue Books to Overdosed Patrons

    Submitted by birdie on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:43
    Story from the NYT .

    The opioid epidemic is reshaping life in America, including at the local public library, where librarians are considering whether to carry naloxone to battle overdoses. At a time when the public is debating arming teachers, it is another example of an unlikely group being enlisted to fight a national crisis.

    ‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monster

    Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 07:06
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    In honor of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, the British publisher SP Books is releasing a facsimile of Shelley’s original manuscript. According to Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times, the limited run will produce 1,000 copies of the facsimile, which will be available for purchase starting March 15.
    From ‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monster | Smart News | Smithsonian