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Newsletter 7/24/14

Movie & Hot Dogs: Fizz, Boom, READ
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Newsletter 7/17/14

Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma quake rattles Wichita area

An earthquake near Medford, Okla., rattled the Wichita area and southern Kansas on Monday night.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake at 9:47 p.m. registered 4.3 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was 15 miles west-southwest of Medford, Okla. Medford is about 80 miles south and west of Wichita.

According to the Richter scale, 4.0 is considered a light earthquake that normally results in little or no damage.

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Passions boil over in bitter Kansas secretary of state race

The Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state is a wicked brew.

Ingredients include a dash of rocker Ted Nugent, a pinch of comic books, a helping of voting rights and a cup of name-calling.

The race between incumbent Kris Kobach and challenger Scott Morgan is boiling into a bitter campaign as the Aug. 5 primary nears.

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Wichita school board OKs policy protecting student data

The Wichita school board on Monday approved a new policy aimed at giving parents and others peace of mind concerning data about their children.

The policy was drafted by the Kansas Association of School Boards and approved unanimously by the board in response to the Student Data Privacy Act, which the Kansas Legislature passed earlier this year.

The act codifies restrictions on sharing personally identifiable student data with the federal government, private companies, researchers or nonprofit groups. It also prohibits collecting biometric data from students.

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Booklist Review of the Day


Becker, Aaron (author). Illustrated by Aaron Becker.
Aug. 2014. 40p. Candlewick, hardcover, $15.99 (9780763665951). Grades 1-3.
REVIEW. First published July, 2014 (Booklist).

Becker continues the loving and gorgeous homage to imagination he began in Journey (2013) with this direct sequel. No sooner has our intrepid female protagonist returned home along with her purple-crayon-wielding friend than adventure taps her on the shoulder again, this time literally. An orange-tinted king, pursued by enemy knights, hands over a precious map that reveals locations for a rainbow of drawing implements that match the power of the girl’s own red crayon. The two kids cross over once again, and this time Becker expands his world from the complex castle-city of the previous volume to include vast double-page spreads of underwater ruins, dense jungles, precarious towers, and frosted mountaintops. Always, quick thinking and imagination supersede combat as the kids use both to evade the pursuing army and return rainbow-hued order to the kingdom. In addition to the winning adventure of the silent story, Becker manages to evolve his imagery with more sophisticated designs and ideas that draw readers into the narrative ever more deeply, proving once again that lush details, a meticulous sense of motion and action, and a boundless love of fun are worth all the words in the world.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: New York Times best-selling Becker won wide acclaim for Journey, including a Caldecott Honor. His many fans will be eager for the follow-up.

— Jesse Karp