Terrific Tuesday: Kudos to “Book Buddies”

A program in Berks County, Pa., which allows children to read to cats at a local shelter, has garnered international attention!

A program in Berks County, Pa., which allows children to read to cats at a local shelter, has garnered international attention!

We’re all for promoting reading — even if it does involve reading to cats!

Today, my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I are sending cheers to the Animal Rescue League in Berks County, Pa., in which “Book Buddies” read to cats. The goal is to improve the reading level of young people and to give some much-needed attention to the shelter’s cats.

Maybe, someone will do the same for dogs. I’m sure there are more than a few puppies and dogs needing some love and attention, too! Nevertheless, we are thrilled to know of the kindness being generated by this outstanding program and the impact that it is having on people and cats alike!

Visit http://goo.gl/p0eRty to know more!


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Terrific Tuesday: Today, It’s All About Me!

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We are pausing today from our ordinary blog posts because it’s a special day for me!

It’s my birthday, and I am 7. I hope that you’ll enjoy my Smilebox creation, because my life with my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is so special because of all of you!

Find some cake and ice cream, savor the sweetness and know how much we love you!

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Terrific Tuesday: One Book …


As world leaders debate “should we” or “shouldn’t we” take action against Syria, it is a Pakastani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, who is offering a weapon against terrorism and hatred.

Her weapon of choice? A book.

Malala became an international heroine last year when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls.

Last week she delivered the opening address for the opening of a new library in Birmingham, England, which is regarded as the largest in Europe. Malala stood in front of the 10-story building, which houses more than 1 million books, and said that “books are the only weapon that can defeat terrorism.”

Malala was sent to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham for specialized surgery and recuperation after her injuries. She and her family now live in the city.

She told the audience, “I will empower myself with knowledge.”

Malala also asked that people not forget the world’s 57 million children who are not in school and “the children of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan who are suffering from terrorism, poverty, child labor and child trafficking. Let us help them to read books and go to school.”

Her powerful talk included inspirational words that have touched the hearts of people everywhere: “And let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”

And, we should add: One courageous teenager!

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Terrific Tuesday: Love A Librarian!


It’s back to school for students across the country, and college and university students, too. And that can mean only one thing — libraries will have more business!

Although technology has changed libraries, the women and men who work in these special buildings or in our schools are the unsung heroes of learning. They find what we can’t, see each book as a treasure and deal with the frustrations of students who have waited until the last minute to complete a paper or project. Today’s librarians are the whiz kids of media and technology,  while still loving “real books.”

You have to love these wonderful people! In another life, I, Lady Louise, could  have been a librarian. I do love books, and I think the title “Lady Louise, Librarian” has a special ring to it!

Here are some delightful vintage photos of librarians: http://goo.gl/LRahg6.

I’m seeing the world in sepia tones today in their honor!

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Terrific Tuesday: Words of Summer!

What do the words “barbecue, dandelion and solstice” have in common?

They join seven other words as the “Top 10 Words of Summer” by Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Our favorite  on the list is “Dog Days,” which has nothing to do with a special holiday for the canines in your life. Merriam-Webster tells us that “Sirius (known as the Dog Star) seems to reappear in the skies in early July. Its rising coincides with the warmest time of the year in the  northern hemisphere – thus, the dog days.”

Of course, we dogs don’t mind if you choose to honor us throughout summer.  A treat a day sounds like a delicious way to celebrate this great time!

Check out all of the “Words at Summer” at http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-words-of-summer/dog-days.html#vTtFq9Akyv6r1Drj.99dog.

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Terrific Tuesday: “Bee” Part of the Excitement!


Today’s young people have the benefit of spell check when typing reports for school.

But the students who are contestants in the 2013 National Spelling Bee won’t have the benefit of computer responses when asked to spell words in the competition.

Months, perhaps even years, of study have gone into preparation for the contest by  these 281 young people, age 8 to 14, who now are on the national stage. This year’s competition also requires that students take a computer test on the meaning of vocabulary words.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be in full swing on Wednesday, May 29, with the semi-finals and finals taking place on Thursday, May 30.

To learn more, visit www.spellbee.com and find out who the great spellers are from your state and region!

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