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Peggy Dow Helmerich: Before She Was A Philanthropist

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Last weekend, Wendell Berry received the Tulsa Library Trust's 2012 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author award in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Peggy Helmerich has made the award, given annually to internationally acclaimed authors who have written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature, possible since 1985. Before Peggy V.

It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated by Rebecca Howard

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This may be true, but it’s also incredibly sweet to win.  That’s why I couldn’t be happier that Louise Erdrich’s latest novel The Round House is this year’s recipient of the National Book Award for fiction.  Erdrich is a storyteller of remarkable skill who can create a tone that is at once heartbreaking and tragic.  Using lush, poetic language, she describes settings that few

Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

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What is the fiscal cliff?
Investopedia defines Fiscal Cliff as "a combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board government spending cuts scheduled to become effective Dec. 31, 2012." It is thought that by not extending certain tax cuts and by having an automatic decrease in government spending the country will be sent back into recession due to decreased household incomes and a potential for increased unemployment.

Feast on This by Laura Raphael

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Some books are light confections, amuse-bouches that please in the moment but as soon as they are closed, disappear from the mind as quickly as cotton candy on the tongue. These lovelies absolutely have a place in my personal reading diet, and they are far harder to write than they seem.

Pig or Big? Tips for Letter or Word Inversions and Reversals

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Many learners struggle to discriminate between similar letters and words.  They may demonstrate reversals or inversions while reading.  Observe which letters and words with which your learner struggles and create the following activity to help improve visual discrimination:  

Ask the learner to circle the words that are the same.  Note: the word choices may be "nonsense" words.  

Examples: herb    herp    herd    herb    nerb    pig    big    pid    pip    pin    was    maw    saw    was    mas

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