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Experience C-SPAN during a Davenport PUBLIC VISIT at CASI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:32
Public Invited to Tour Unique C-SPAN Bus, Meet C-SPAN Representatives

Davenport area residents are invited to step aboard the C-SPAN Bus and take a FREE TOUR of a unique, interactive multi-media center.  

Thursday, August 22

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Parked outside CASI  -- 1035 West Kimberly Road  --  Davenport

With a fresh new look, the C-SPAN Bus is kicking off a new tour season – bringing its digital Video Library and public affairs resources to Davenport.  Teachers, students and the public will enjoy this tour of a 45-foot bus that is unlike anything else – state-of-the-art digital media technology on wheels.  Learn about the First Ladies series or how to follow Washington Your Way – encourage students to participate in StudentCam (Iowa students earned national recognition in recent contests). Door prizes and great information for all visitors.   FREE & open to the public.

Mediacom is proud to sponsor C-SPAN’s Iowa tour, with visits in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Mason City.  C-SPAN is a non-partisan, non-profit cable network founded and funded by the cable industry.  Mediacom customers will find all THREE C-SPAN channels on local channel lineups.  Special thanks to the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI).

For more information, visit: www.c-span.org/community or contact Mediacom’s community relations office at 515-707-7148.

 
New Book “Darn Good” Opens Door to Little Prairie Schoolhouses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:45

There were few settlers in the west until after the Civil War. When they arrived one of the first things they did was build a schoolhouse made out of logs. Soon rural education districts were developed and the need for teachers grew dramatically. The struggle to provide those teachers grew as rapidly. The story of education in Minnesota  followed along that line and Steve Grineski captures it in his new book We Were Pretty Darn Good.

Teddy Roosevelt said that the farmer was the back bone of America and the need for education was absolutely necessary. His words and subsequent Country Life Commission in 1909 spurred an impetus. Soon chalk and blackboard became common place in schoolhouses in countryside America and progressive education was underway. .The story is in Steve Grineski’s new book We Were Pretty Darn Good recently published by History Publishing Company.

Paul Theobold, Dean of Education at Buena Vista University, knows a great deal about history and education and said of Steve Grineski’s new book that “Utilizing sources ignored by the vast majority of historians who rush to document America’s urban experience, he demonsrates that there was a time in America when the countryside mattered, when genuine efforts were made to tailor rural education to the circumstances of life.”

Author Steve Grineski has documented those efforts and  uncovered a virtual  mother lode of information and fact that brings alive a remarkable time in America  adding to the legacy of the world of education and the nostalgic world of countryside America that added immeasurably to the  growth of the United States.

Steve Grineski started his teaching career in 1975 as an elementary teacher. In 1984 he joined the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) faculty and in 1989 earned his doctorate from the University of North Dakota. We Were Pretty Darn Good 9781933909523 was published by History Published Company in May, 2013. It is also available in e-book 1-933909295.It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and fine bookstores everywhere.

 
Poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez Publishes Kindle Edition of "Hey Yo! Yo Soy!" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gabrielle David   
Friday, 16 August 2013 08:28

2Leaf Press publishes Kindle Edition of Historical Bilingual Poetry Collection by Nuyorican poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/14/2013 -- 2Leaf Press is pleased to announce its first Kindle publication, "Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition" by Nuyorican poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez. Besides being the first major contemporary poet to publish his works bilingually in the U.S., he is also the first to publish his collected works as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

The 386-page bilingual print edition published in October 2012, is currently available for sale on Amazon.com and other online outlets. The collection, comprised of three previously published books, "Casting Long Shadows" (1970), "Have You Seen Liberation" (1971), and "Street Poetry & Other Poems" (1972), consist of 60 poems about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio.

Born and raised in New York City from parents who migrated from Puerto Rico, Meléndez notes, “Back then, it was a different experience being a Puerto Rican in New York City. The sense of not belonging to Puerto Rico and not belonging in the United States is something everyone was going through. Writing gave me a chance to prove that I was a human being and in doing so, I became part of a movement that connected me to my heritage.” Meléndez has long been considered one of the founders of the Nuyorican Movement.

The Spanish translations, which appear alongside the English, have been superbly rendered by Adam Wier, Carolina Fung Feng, and Marjorie González. The collection includes a forward by Samuel Diaz and Carmen M. Pietri-Diaz, a commentary about the translation process by Wier, an introduction by Sandy Maria Esteves, and an afterword by Jaime “Shaggy” Flores, as well as historical photos of Meléndez and an exclusive interview, edited by Gabrielle David and Kevin E. Tobar Pesántez. All of this material has been retained and is available on the Kindle edition as well.

Very few literary publishers have committed to publishing poetry in an eBook format,” says Gabrielle David, publisher of 2Leaf Press. “The first problem is the budget, being able to afford qualified people to convert the books properly into a stable digital format that’s readable across numerous devices. The biggest problem is figuring out the best way to format the work without losing the spacing or formatting of the poems. We’ve been looking at this closely for the past two years and feel confident that by using HTML formatting techniques with clean code, and paying special attention to line breaks and spacing, for the most part, we can maintain the aesthetics of the author’s poetry.”

The press has decided to break out its eBook titles with Amazon’s Kindle before expanding its market to Nook and Kobo. “For the benefit of anyone reading this,” explains David, “you don't have to own a Kindle to read our books. You can download one of the free Kindle Apps on Amazon.com for your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.” 2Leaf Press plans to upload titles directly to Barnes & Noble and KoboBooks in the immediate future.

Whether it’s in print or eBook format, 2Leaf Press encourages readers to pick up a copy of "Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition." It is a collection to be devoured as a single sustained narrative, from the first page to the last; a worthy addition in anyone’s library.

AMAZON PRINT EDITION || AMAZON KINDLE

2Leaf Press || NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES || ISBN: 978-0988476301 || LCCN: 2012951817

About 2Leaf Press
2Leaf Press is an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy. http://www.2leafpress.org

 
Nominations for TV Series Reveal Scores of ‘Human Angels’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 16 August 2013 08:27

Nominations of “human angels” are pouring in for a national TV series that will tell the stories of everyday Americans who give of themselves to help others.

“We’re finding there are so many people from every walk of life – young children and teenagers, the very elderly, rich people and poor – quietly extending their hands to others,” said Jim Lindsey, chairman of  Angel Wings Entertainment, LLC, a company on a mission to find and inspire “human angels” across the country.

“So many of their stories have brought tears to our eyes. These are people who see a need and say, ‘I can do something about this. I can help,’ And with their gifts of time and service, they transform lives.”

The company is still accepting nominations at www.AngelWingsEntertainment.com. Those selected as Angels will be featured in mini-documentaries and stand to win money for their charities. It’s part of a multi-media effort to “shine a light on the best of human behavior” and inspire a national movement of giving and caring.

The effort is funded in part by an endowment from philanthropist John Shimer, who teamed with a like-minded group of veteran media and marketing professionals.

Shimer’s work with a “human angel,” a woman who established a vocational school in impoverished Uganda, inspired him to launch the Angels Among Us Project. That effort to recognize and reward service to others led to the creation of the media company, Angel Wings Entertainment. Shimer is a director of the charitable corporation Fortune Family Foundation.

“We need to see more stories about the good things people do, rather than all the bad,” Shimer said. “If we want to see the best in human behavior, we need to be showing people what that looks like.”

The Angel Wings Entertainment board includes Lindsey, a renowned brand builder and former vice-chairman of the top advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, as well as a leader of ad agencies McCaffrey & McCall and Hill Holiday/Wakeman & DeForrest.

It also includes CEO Tom Keegan, an entertainment industry veteran who has worked on more than 500 productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and national syndication, including the Emmy Award-winning Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (ABC), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (motion picture for NBC), The Hollywood Reporter, Front Runners and Celebrity Sweepstakes.

Follow Angel Wings Entertainment on Twitter: @AngelWingsTV.

 
E-Galley Now Availabe for Wisdom From the Oval Office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 09 August 2013 13:40

New Book on Ultimate Presidential Quotations Now Available – Right Here

For E-book galley-   Click on “Widget” below.

Abraham Lincoln said “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today that he was yesterday.” If you were to read the new book Wisdom from the Oval Office by Pierce Word, you would surely rise in the regard of President Lincoln if he were alive today.  The book gathers together the sage thoughts of the forty-four American presidents in the largest collection of presidential quotations ever assembled. Thoughts on love, life, success, politics, wisdom, and thirty five other categories are brought to light and bring insight into varying perspectives of the nine generations of presidents.

Along with Abraham Lincoln, the words of the presidents from Washington to Obama are presented about a broad range of subjects such as love, religion, God, and friendship. The flow of quotations and the manner in which they are categorized shows the frame of mind of each president such as Lincoln’s spirituality, Nixon’s binocular view of love and fear, and Obama on parental love.

You are invited to see for yourself. Just click on the “Widget” below (it is just a URL to NetGalley)) and you will be able to read the galley through the month of August. .

Wisdom from the Oval Office, pub date July 26, 2012 is available at Barnes and Noble, BN.com, Amazon and fine book stores nationally.

Contact: Don Bracken, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 845-398-8161

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