Independence Day: Celebrating our Freedoms

Happy Independence Day! Here’s to the 4th of July! This is the day we join family, friends, and neighbors for cookouts, parades, and all things Americana. We have “all things Americana” because of the courage and foresight of the ancestors who on this day in 1776 adopted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Independence Day – the 4th of July – is our NATIONAL day. In between declaring our independence and becoming the United States of America, there was a war. But on the other side of that war came a Constitution and Bill of Rights that delineated freedoms for Americans. The first is the Freedom of Speech. It is these freedoms that make Independence Day so important. The … Read more

Thursday Blurb: This requires more than 140 characters

Dear blogging friends, followers, and subscribers, Thank you for your patience and loyalty. For the past several days I have been clearing out the cobwebs of summer and am seeing just how much you’ve done to support the Reading Tub while I was away these past 60 days. My heartfelt thanks to the authors and publishers who sent us books. They are now unwrapped and logged in our database. We hope to match them with reviewers soon. I am VERY grateful for all of the mentions and new followers on Twitter. It took 4 hours (!) to read the emails that introduced you as a new follower or recognized your tweeting on our behalf. We are now following you in … Read more

The Reading Tub News Stand

These past few months we have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work to improve the content we deliver to subscribers and readers. Our goal is to share reading tips and suggestions, recommendations and news in a variety of formats … and in “doses” that fit / balance your needs and time constraints. Just as we believe literacy can be integrated into everyday activities, we want our news to do the same: it should feel like help, not something else for the to-do list. Last year I revamped and started republishing The Wash Rag. This is a tailored monthly publication with new-to-you blurbs about literacy and reading events, links to the Roundups I do with Carol Rasco, Jen … Read more