Books Program Exposes Kids to the Joy of Literacy

Some people take a fitness class before heading to work. Others jog a mile or two. Jennifer Kenealy, 45, gets her morning workout by hauling boxes of children’s books to schools, recreation centers, youth-focused nonprofit organizations and other sites. These are spots where children of low-income families congregate as part of Alexandria Book Shelf (ABS), a citywide literacy program run by the uber-creative DreamDog Foundation. It is 8 a.m. on a humid, 90-plus-degree morning as Kenealy and I meet in …

Are There Bedbugs in Your Library Books?

Well, here’s another reason to buy e-books – evidently libraries are struggling to deal with the problem of bedbugs hiding out in their books and then being spread to patrons’ homes, especially when they read in bed at night. The New York Times reports that bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. “The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot …