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Welcome to the McLure Education Library Blog!  The librarians at the Education Library enjoy reading for pleasure. This blog serves as an ad hoc review site for books, and articles we’ve enjoyed. Most people don’t realize that in addition to thousands of research tomes and professional articles online and in print, the Education Library has a lot of material written on a popular level. These items relate to education, sports, and American culture. Some have been on the best-seller lists.  Here are the first two of   many books that interest me.  We’ll also use this blog to share articles of interest, or  web site or technology topics of interest to educators.  Enjoy reading, and share what you’ve read for pleasure.

From Helga Visscher:


51iQXUWYI6L__SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA115_I really enjoyed two books by Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea   LC 2330 .M67 2006

The inspiring story of a young  mountain climber, who promises to return and build a school, after an Afghani saves his life after a climbing accident.   Greg’s one-man attempt to improve schooling takes off when he learns to work with local people, after ‘three cups of tea,’   when people become friends. 



51M38VyUJ2L__SL500_AA300_Stones into SchoolsLC 2330 .M66 2009

This story continues the adventure of  Tea, where Greg has become more of an authority on schools, building, and has more resources behind him.  I found it less interesting, because he was not breaking new ground with the project.  His strong will and fortitude in accomplishing the building of new schools is an inspiration for all who can get blasé about the needs and purposes of education.