The Friday Links Library has been enjoying its summer vacation. We’re back this week with a short edition…


  • Yesterday was Harry Potter’s (and J. K. Rowling’s) birthday, marking 16 years since readers first met the boy wizard. A recent study suggests that reading Harry Potter makes children more empathetic or tolerant toward minority groups or people unlike themselves. Here’s a direct link to the study.
  • We Need Diverse Books incorporates: what started as a hashtag campaign to publish more children’s books that represent a broad, colorful range of authors and characters is becoming a nonprofit. A classroom partnership with First Book and the NEA’s Read Across America as well as a book festival are in the works.
  • And CLiF has enjoyed some great press lately, including a Sense of Service spread in the Burlington Free Press. See our July e-news for more links.


Happy Friday!

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