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Mar

cooklibrarylocalhistory:

Built in 1886 and located on School Street, Central School began as a four room school building, although only two rooms were used at first. Residents were not pleased as they felt their taxes were being wasted, but the population steadily increased after Liberyville’s incorporation, filling the remaining classrooms. The second floor was used as the high school where classes first met in 1898. 

cooklibrarylocalhistory:

Built in 1886 and located on School Street, Central School began as a four room school building, although only two rooms were used at first. Residents were not pleased as they felt their taxes were being wasted, but the population steadily increased after Liberyville’s incorporation, filling the remaining classrooms. The second floor was used as the high school where classes first met in 1898. 

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Dec

cooklibrarylocalhistory:


Picture in a Christmas special section of the Libertyville Independent Register appearing on Dec 19, 1935.

cooklibrarylocalhistory:

Picture in a Christmas special section of the Libertyville Independent Register appearing on Dec 19, 1935.

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Jul

Discussion #1: Inspiration Porn | Disability in Kidlit

disabilityinkidlit:

Welcome to our first discussion post! We’ve selected a topic for each Thursday of this month, and asked our Disability in Kidlit contributors if they had any brief thoughts to share on that topic. This way, we can showcase a variety of perspectives and opinions.

This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they feel about it.

Excerpts

To me, it’s such a dangerous thing because, even if the intentions are good, it implies that the average disabled person is weak or lacks independence.  - Kody Keplinger

Inspiration porn is photos of disabled athletes with sappy captions. It’s news stories about brave little disabled children boldly ‘not letting their disabilities stop them.’ It’s handing awards to disabled students for doing what everyone else is already doing, like they’re freakish, fascinating objects rather than human beings. - s.e. smith

Recently on my bus commute home from work, an older lady leaned over to me and said words I have heard so many times in my life: “You are so inspiring.” I still don’t know how to respond to that even though people have been saying it to me since I can remember. - Mindy Rhiger

But what exactly does this inspire you to DO? Does it inspire you to step on a land mine, be lucky enough to have the money and resources to have blades as prostheses, and become an athlete? - Haddayr Copley-Woods

Click through for lots more excellence! [read more]

Children don’t read ‘genres’; they read stories. Below a certain age, they don’t distinguish between ‘true’ and ‘not true,’ because they see no reason that a white rabbit shouldn’t possess a pocket watch, that whales shouldn’t talk, or that sentient beings shouldn’t live on other planets and travel in spaceships. Science-fiction tropes aren’t read as ‘science fiction’; they’re read as fiction. And fiction is read as reality. And sometimes reality lives under the bed and has very large teeth, and it’s no use pretending otherwise.
Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, June 4 & 11, 2012 (via electronicsquid)

maureenjohnsonbooks:

This graphic is fabulous. It represents a tiny crash course in rhetoric. Learn these things. Put them on your wall. Whisper them into the breeze. These are THINGS TO KNOW.

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Feb

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Feb

progressive-librarian:

All credit to Married To the Sea, my favorite webcomic.

progressive-librarian:

All credit to Married To the Sea, my favorite webcomic.