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Video Interviews with Top Children's Book Authors and Illustrators

Authors Marc Brown and Judy Sierra for Reading Rockets

Video Interviews with Top Children's Book Authors and Illustrators from Reading Rockets:
Watch David Shannon, Chris Raschka, Buzz Aldrin, Avi, and many, many more of your favorite authors. Many kids are very concrete learners, meaning if they can’t see, touch, or feel, then new ideas aren’t real to them. That means many of these kids have no real idea of what an author does, and won’t be motivated to write on their own. Put real authors in front of them, and that can change.

Where can I find free online nonprofit training?

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Many nonprofits work with a tight budget that may not allow for the cost of expensive grant writing, fundraising, and other nonprofit training. If you'd like to upgrade your professional skills without breaking the bank, consider some of these free online training sources. 

 

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend

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This weekend, August 2 - 4, 2013, is Oklahoma's Sales Tax Holiday weekend.

Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, August 2, 2013 and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2013, Oklahoma will hold a sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax. This includes state and any local sales taxes.

J. J. Cale: 1938-2013

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  J. J. Cale died last week at the age of 74.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff writes, "His music took the edges off honky-tonk and blues, dressed them in a smoking jacket and ascot, and made them smooth."  You can hear Cale's smoking jacket and ascot adorned combination of blues, country, and rock on these cds:

No Delayed gratification Required by Rebecca Howard

I spend a lot of time writing about books that I’ve recently finished.  Many of these titles are newly published, which means that they likely have a long list of holds at the library.  Considering that you might want to check out some titles after reading about them, I thought I’d do an overview of some of my favorite titles that are a little older and less in demand—although no less impressive or enjoyable! All annotations are from NoveList. 

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