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Author: mgorman

How Can We Best Engage Families?

Judy Bradbury in Education Week, Judy Bradbury (www.judybradbury.com) is a literacy specialist who has taught students from preschool through college. The author of eleven books, Judy’s most recent release, Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy (Routledge, 2015), details field-tested afterschool programs that encourage family involvement in bolstering children’s literacy. Judy speaks often at […]

Clear Out the Old, Ring in the New—and Give Back

The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is usually a nice, quiet time to clear out
one year before starting the next. Pay bills, clear off the desk, file, sort, clean out any drawers,
cupboards or closets that did not receive close attention during lockdown. For me, these tasks are
more important than resolutions. They pave the way for a fresh, new year.

Creating Holiday Traditions

I am starting the Yule Book Flood tradition this week. I have chosen a special book for each of
my family members and friends and I plan to give them on Christmas Eve, just like in Iceland.
By next year perhaps I can turn this into the exchange it is intended to be (and receive a few gift
books myself…).

I Cannot Ride, But I Can Support. And So Can You.

The 25th annual Ride for Roswell was to have taken place this weekend. I am registered to Ride to End Cancer, but like tens of thousands of fellow riders, I will instead be following pandemic protocol and avoiding crowds. Both The Ride and being extremely cautious to avoid exposure to Covid are particularly critical for […]

Helping Open WNY’s First Pay-As-You-Can Community Café

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Mandy Bailey was a French teacher, continuously talking about food en français. She worked restaurant and catering gigs during her college days and started Bacon & Bakin’ Catering and Cakery. Then she worked for a huge, industrial strength food firm, where sadly she saw lots […]

How this publisher hopes to do well by doing good

City of Light is fighting to survive this pandemic by announcing its biggest promotion yet. We are hitting a global reset button. A hard reset.  As the globe has gone dark, our screens have lit up as we attempt to create a virtual version of normalcy. But we know that this isn’t normal.  At City […]

How One Book Inspired My Mom to Find Her Grandmother’s Lost Grave

In early March, I brought home a few advance review copies of City of Light’s forthcoming books to show my mother. She instilled in me my love for reading, and she loves getting a sneak peek at the books we are publishing. Her favorites are usually the children’s picture books. She is, after all, a […]

National Library Week Goes Virtual

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, National Library Week 2020 embraces a digital platform Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts National Library Week. As our world turns more virtual than ever, ALA, along with librarians, publishers and industry professionals across the nation are shifting our celebrations to accommodate the digital world. This week is […]