Hero of Early Literacy, Dolly Parton, Receives the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

On Thursday, Oct. 13, Dolly Parton accepted the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for her Imagination Library Program. Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, children are given a free book every month until they turn five years old. Right now, the program is sending out around two million each month across the United States and other countries, … Read more

Dog Ears Bookstore Growing a Love for Books in Buffalo, New York

When Tom McDonnell opened his non-profit Literary Arts Center in 2008—now known as Dog Ears Bookstore—many people told him he was out of his mind. He wanted to impart a love of books into the community to help people become lifelong readers. Fourteen years later, here’s what he has accomplished. Not only has he created … Read more

How Can Bookshops Help People Struggling with Trauma or Suicidal Thoughts?

If you run a bookshop, chances are that some of your customers will be dealing with trauma or living with suicidal thoughts. All of us will know someone in that situation. Maybe it’s you, our reader. Here in the USA, we have an epidemic of darkness and despair. In 2020, there were around 1.2 million … Read more