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Diversity & Literacy: The importance of drag performers reading to children

PRESENTED ON JUN 08, 2018
IN MARKHAM @ VOL 19

While you may have already heard about drag queen story times, it's important to hear about the impact it has had on families. Fay & Fluffy’s Storytime is an event that focuses around literacy and diversity that celebrates the differences. Listen to Fluffy’s talk to find out what impact it’s been made to the community.

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My Reading Obsession

BY HOLLY ALCOTT
@ VOL 19 ON AUG 15, 2013

Holly Alcott could read by the age of 4. Ever since then, she has been reading every chance she got. By 3rd grade she was reading at the 12th grade reading level. She has now passed her reading addiction on to her son, who has developed the same habits she had.

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Living Literacy: Reading Beyond the Page

BY ROBERT WHITE
@ VOL 2 ON AUG 20, 2015

Rob White grew up in South Bend, IN and now lives in St. Joseph MI. Rob has a BA of Arts in English, and Masters of Arts in English from Indiana University with dual concentrations in literature and creative writing. 

"The next time you're overwhelmed by an unfamiliar Discourse, find an anchor and look for something in common. Nuture your sense of curiosity and wonder. Expand your personal discourse library!"

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You See, I Say: Transforming Pictures to Prose

BY HYACINTHE MILLER
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Hyacinthe Miller feels strongly that words are magic. She is an omnivorous reader, a world traveller, blogger and content curator. She shares about how, as a writer with a vivid imagination, her perceptions, especially of
the visual, yield stories.  

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The Story of Buffalo BookBike

BY AMY OZAY
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We need to bring the fun back to reading, and rolling up with a book bike might be a way to do that.” 

In The Story of Buffalo BookBike from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Founder of Buffalo BookBike in Buffalo, NY, Amy Ozay, talks about her love of Buffalo, books, and bikes. Taking inspiration from similar programs in other cities, she launched Buffalo BookBike in 2015, which gives free books to the children of Buffalo in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer months. The BookBike has given away over 1,000 books to date, with the hopes of slowing down the summer slide. Her dream is to increase the reach of the BookBike, foster more collaboration between local literacy organizations, and help convert Buffalo parks to open air libraries in the future. As Cicero wrote, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 

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Words, words, words

BY HENRY YOUNG
@ VOL 8 ON OCT 26, 2017

Bibliophile Henry Young loves to read. His story about the power of reading and the benefits of reading begin with an unfortunate incident whilst holidaying in Italy ...

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Creative Vision, Creative Voice

BY EMILY KASTNER
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 25, 2018

Emily Kastner invites us to join her in her experiences and passions as she encourages young kids in embracing their creative voice. 

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Early Literacy, an Owl's Story

BY TINA CHAPMAN
@ VOL 28 ON JUL 12, 2018

Tina Chapman shares her experience with the Waterville Rotary club. 

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Everything Is Drag-- The Faces We Wear

BY MIKE HAWK
@ VOL 39 ON NOV 14, 2019

Mike Hawk is a Portsmouth based drag king-- a performance artist who changes his body, face, and persona to tell a story in short acts. He performs in drag shows throughout New England. Mike Hawk has gotten a lot of tips and tricks since he started performing, but like many drag artists, he's largely self taught. Outside of drag Mike is Kari G, a local (female) artist; typically drag performers are called by their stage persona's pronouns when they are in drag, so Kari is she/her and Mike is he/him.
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Story Time From Space

BY PATRICIA TRIBE
@ VOL 15 ON MAR 07, 2019

Patricia Tribe's love of space exploration and education has taken her around the world, but she is proud to call Penticton and area home. As Director of Education for NASA’s Space Centre Houston for 13 years, her passion for instilling the love of science and reading in children was fueled. 

Patricia believes in what you cannot imagine, you cannot do. As a result of Patricia’s research and imagination colliding we can now not only imagine, but also watch astronauts on the International Space Station video recording themselves reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth, as the world rotates below. That’s Story Time and Science Time from Space!