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September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. Read More || Edit || Quote by me.


 (by UNAMID Photo)

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”—from the film, You’ve Got Mail


 (by UNAMID Photo)

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”—from the film, You’ve Got Mail

La Carreta Literaria ¡Leamos! de Cartagena (Cartagena’s Literary Wagon, Let’s read!).

Martín Murillo Gómez has been traveling with his wagon through Cartagena, Colombia. His is the only wagon that transports books.

He lends the books to readers and he also reads to the people who gather around him in parks, plazas, schools and universities.

Sometimes you’ll find him reading from a book with blank pages, stories that he has created for years to invite children to the world of literature.

His journey has led him to meet personalities such as Gabriel García Márquez, who found a copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude and sign it for him.

Thanks to Murillo’s effort and the support of others, the wagon that started with 120 books (some of which he bought with the money he made by selling water on the streets and some which were donated by people who believed in his project) now has 3,500 books.

With the support of sponsors, Murillo has been able to continue with his passion for reading and his commitment to spread the love for literature.

On Facebook.

America's most and least literate cities

For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., was rated the most literate city in the United States, with Seattle and Minneapolis close behind. That is according to a study conducted by Central Connecticut State University of the literacy of the nation’s largest cities.

The study ranked 76 cities with populations of at least a quarter-million based on six dimensions of literacy, including size of library systems, presence of bookstores, educational attainment, digital readership, and circulation of newspapers and other publications. The most literate cities in the country were often, but not always, in tech-heavy regions with highly educated populations. Based on the university’s report, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most and least literate cities in the country, also taking into account 2011 data from the Census Bureau, including income, poverty, educational attainment, and the percentage of workers employed in various job types.

[I find it interesting that they count the number of retail bookstores in each city. Click the link to read the entire article]

20 Censored books in schools so far this year


The library association says the number of reported challenges in the past 30 years has hovered between about 400 or 500, but there are many bans they never learn about. While parents have traditionally launched the lion’s share of challenges, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, an attorney with the association, says she has noticed “an uptick inorganized efforts” to remove books from public and school libraries.

To succeed, you will soon learn, as I did, the importance of a solid foundation in the basics of education - literacy, both verbal and numerical, and communication skills.
Alan Greenspan
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper.
Robert Frost
Cultural literacy constitutes the only sure avenue of opportunity for disadvantaged children, the only reliable way of combating the social determinants that now condemn them to remain in the same social and educational condition as their parents.
E.D. Hirsch; Cultural Literacy
 Let’s get kids to read!

 Let’s get kids to read!