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Adorable Bike Libraries In Afghanistan: Today In Books

Adorable Bike Libraries In Afghanistan

Afghanistan has low adult literacy rates–“about 45% for men, and about 17% for women”–due to years of war, so University student Idress Siyawash has created Read Books to help. On a weekly basis Siyawash and fellow University students travel on bikes with adorable libraries to rural areas: “Our idea is to show that reading can be fun, and explain why education is so important.”

This Is Huge

Right now you can use the Smithsonian Open Access, which has 3 million digital items collected from the “Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.”

Posthumous Book From U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

We’re Better Than This by Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings, which was 95% completed when he passed away, will publish in June. The book, “part memoir, part call to action”, was completed by his wife Rockeymoore Cummings who worked with Cummings’ ghostwriter James Dale. I’m going to need tissues, my face is wet.