literacy

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

by Lorie Lewis Ham


In June at the Fresno Pride Festival I had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people, among those people were members of the Fresno Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Recently I got the chance to chat with Teresa Castillo, who is the Chair of the Fresno branch, about the tremendous amount of incredible things this group does!

Paradise, Passion, Murder: Helping to Improve Literacy

by Terry Ambrose


Writers, almost by definition, are dreamers. On January 26, one of my dreams came true. Paradise, Passion, Murder: 10 Tales of Mystery from Hawai‘i was published after nearly two years of preparation and work. This anthology has one purpose, to help improve literacy in Hawai’i. Every participant in this project, from Carolyn Hart --who wrote our Foreword, to the authors of the stories about murder and passion in the islands, wanted to make a difference. Our dream is to see a day when more children--and their parents--can read. Hopefully, together.

Blind Date with a Book

by Mallory Moad



Imagine tables filled with over 200 books! Wait – these books are mysteriously wrapped in brown paper, identified only by a label which describes key plot elements. Do you feel lucky? You carefully choose one or more, if you're in an adventurous mood. When you get home and remove that discreet cover to reveal its true identity, will your selection be a total loser or will it rock your world? Welcome to Blind Date with a Book, part used book sale, part library, part guessing game and one hundred percent fun!

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The gold medal for all-around wonderful kitty could easily go to darling Chicken Little! This cutiepie never misses an opportunity to hoot it up with her friends, explore any nook or cranny, and make it her mission to check out whatever happens to be going on. Chicken Little came along way after suffering a toe injury calling for immediate amputation. She's all better now and you can't even notice she's missing a rear toe. What an adorable combination she is of fun-loving spirit and sweet, deep affection, a girl who will easily capture hearts in a forever family that cherishes her. Precious Chicken Little would love to be your most darling doll! Check her out on the Cat House website to learn more.