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Kepler’s Enters 65th Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2019

Entering its 65th year of serving the community, Kepler’s announced that it has achieved its goal of implementing a new successful business model comprised of Kepler’s Books and Kepler’s Literary Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization acclaimed for its literary and cultural programs.The Foundation is now launching its next phase, a three-year sustaining fund drive to support its speaker series, youth events, discussion groups and literary seminars. The Foundation has already secured commitments of $400,000 for the fund, which aims to raise $750,000 in tax-deductible donations to sustain the nonprofit through the summer of 2022.Kepler’s Literary Foundation has established itself as the top literary and cultural forum in Silicon Valley. It produces more than 150 literary programs each year reaching 11,000 adults and over 14,000 young readers at local schools on the Peninsula, including underserved schools in Palo Alto and Belle Haven.In addition to implementing a successful new hybrid business model, Kepler’s has invested in developing and retaining dedicated staff by improving compensation levels by 75%, helping to retain high-caliber talent in one of the highest cost-of-living areas in the country.In a move to extend its mission, Kepler’s Literary Foundation recently launched an initiative to produce literary programs with notable writers for employees of major Silicon Valley corporations. SAP, the world’s largest software company, selected the Foundation to produce programs for its SAP Academy for Engineering.

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Kohl’s Cares Prepares Young Readers for Back-to-School with I Can Read! Books

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 luglio 2018

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is gearing up for the back-to-school season with a collection of easy-to-read books and coordinating plush as part of the Kohl’s Cares® merchandise program, now available at all Kohl’s stores and on for the newest readers in your family, I Can Read! books collections share captivating stories through easily understandable concepts and vocabulary for all reading levels. Whether it’s their first story time with Pete the Cat or they’re ready to begin reading about the Justice League on their own, kids of all ages will find stories to enjoy in this season’s Kohl’s Cares collection. Priced at $5 each, these books and their coordinating plush pals make a great gift for the little readers in your life, with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting charitable organizations nationwide.Before heading back to school, families can also brush up on their learning skills together with fun kits, activity books and flashcards, also part of this season’s Kohl’s Cares collection.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and proprietary brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at and on Kohl’s mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl’s has given more than $650 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.

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Gallery Books to Publish Blockchain Book

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 giugno 2018

You’ve seen it on the cover of Forbes, Fortune, New York Times Magazine, and this month’s MIT Technology Review. The technology is blockchain, and it’s the hottest thing in business. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in conjunction with blockchain media company Media Shower, announced today it will publish BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE by bestselling author Sir John Hargrave. “Everyone is interested in blockchain, but few understand it,” explained Hargrave. “It’s like the early days of the Web, when the technology was still geeky and hard to use. You had to explain why anyone would be interested in the Internet. This book will explain blockchain to a non-technical audience.” BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE is divided into three sections: “What is Blockchain?” explains the technology in user-friendly language, with simple analogies and humorous descriptions; “Uses for Blockchain” outlines the different applications of blockchain being developed right now; and “Blockchain’s Big Ideas” lays out the principles and philosophies for using blockchain to improve the world.“Blockchain is a world-changing technology,” said Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, Executive Editor at Gallery Books, “and this is a world-changing book. Our ambition is to build the on-ramp for a global audience to enter the exciting world of blockchain.” Ruby-Strauss acquired North American, Open Market, and Audio rights from Cathy Hemming at Cathy D. Hemming Literary Agency in association with McCormick Literary. Each format will have its own bonus material, just as with Sir John’s last book, MIND HACKING. BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE is scheduled for publication in Spring 2019.

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Books-A-Million Partners with Children’s of Alabama to Celebrate Annual Superhero Month in October

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 ottobre 2017

BatmanNew York. Children’s of Alabama’s third annual Superhero Month returns to light up the lives of ill and injured children. This October, the uplifting “The Power of Children’s” campaign, presented by Books-A-Million, is back with encouraging activities to instill confidence, bravery and inspiration into the Birmingham hospital’s kids and families! The month-long celebration will take off Monday, October 2 with Mondays at the Movies and a Superhero Batman LEGO party – followed by a superhero meet and greet on Thursday, October 5. Later in the month, patients and their families will receive capes and masks, while being able to participate in arts and crafts with caped crusaders in the main lobby! Superhero month activities also include a superhero glow party in the room of magic, a superhero teddy bear clinic and wall sized coloring boards for patients to create drawings featuring their own superpowers. Superhero-themed events will continue throughout the month leading up to a special visit on Wednesday, October 11 from not-so-average window washers! “We are so thankful to Books-A-Million for their continued support of Children’s of Alabama and Superhero Month,” said Kelly Baker, community engagement coordinator for Children’s of Alabama. “Superhero Month allows us to take the time and celebrate our patients, staff and families for being the real-life superheroes that they are.” For more information on the Power of Children’s campaign or to donate, visit

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The International Publishers Association (IPA) has urged the mayor of Verona, Italy, to abandon a manifesto pledge to pull from circulation various books that are not aligned with his own worldview

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 luglio 2017

arena veronaElected to office on 25 June, Federico Sboarina’s mayoral programme commits to: Withdraw from libraries and municipal or contracted schools (including kindergartens) books and publications that promote the equivalence of the natural family and same-sex unions.IPA president Michiel Kolman wrote a letter to Mr Sboarina this week to criticize his plan and recommend he revise it, explaining:To be absolutely clear, whatever ideological compulsion lies behind your desire to censor and suppress the range of published works that the citizens of Verona can access is entirely irrelevant. I wish only to impress upon you that, in a democratic country such as Italy, it is under no circumstances acceptable to censor legally sound publications.
The IPA and its Freedom to Publish Committee denounce and reject in the strongest terms the censorship of books that you intend to impose. I hope that you will reconsider the censorial aspects of your manifesto, and opt instead to increase the diversity of opinions and ideas available on Verona’s bookshelves. This will empower and enable citizens of your magnificent city to make up their own minds about what does and does not constitute acceptable reading.The IPA’s Italian member, Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE), has also expressed dismay at Mayor Sboarina’s censorial intentions in a letter of solidarity to the Italian libraries association, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB).AIE president Ricardo Franco Levi wrote to AIB president Rosa Maiello:Whoever reacts to books he judges to be wrong by considering withdrawing, hiding or burning them, it will be our responsibility to explain how it is more useful and more gratifying to read them, write them, publish them, distribute them, sell them, choose them, lend them, and preserve them.The IPA is the world’s largest federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations. Its membership comprises 70 organisations from 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas. Through its members, IPA represents thousands of individual publishers around the world who service markets containing more than 5.6 billion people.Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IPA represents the interests of the publishing industry in international fora and wherever publishers’ interests are at stake. The IPA promotes and defends copyright and freedom to publish, as well as literacy and reading.IPA is an accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO) enjoying consultative relations with the United Nations. (foto: verona)

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Arriva “Books on the Beach”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 agosto 2016

20 Più libri più liberi 2009 foto MatteoMignaniUna campagna social realizzata per promuovere la lettura anche in estate, che vive attraverso dei video realizzati dai videomaker di Libreriamo, che diventano manifesto della campagna. Parte su Facebook, Twitter ed Instagram “Books on the Beach”, l’iniziativa ideata da Libreriamo che incoraggia gli utenti a mandare contributi foto e video, attraverso la realizzazione di videoclip virali capaci di spronare le persone a sostenere la lettura anche sotto l’ombrellone. Tutte le foto e i video degli utenti saranno pubblicati sulle pagine Facebook, Twitter ed Instagram di Libreriamo, la piazza digitale per chi ama i libri e la cultura ( Vestire i panni non solo dei “Book hunter”, i cacciatori di immagini pronti ad immortalare i libri protagonisti delle proprie ferie estive, ma anche quello dei “Videomaker”, per inviare insieme alle fotografie dei video dedicati alla lettura o alle proprie vacanze in compagnia dei libri. La novita’ del 2016 si inserisce all’interno della campagna social, dopo il successo dei videoclip virali postati da Libreriamo nelle ultime settimane per la promozione della lettura in modo innovativo, attraverso l’unione di parole, musica e immagini per raccontare l’esperienza della lettura. Il tutto per un fine molto importante: promuovere i libri, sensibilizzare alla lettura in estate e far emergere come il libro sia sempre piu’ presente nella vita di tutti i giorni.“Nonostante i dati sulla lettura, che evidenziano come in Italia si legga sempre meno, gli italiani hanno ancora voglia di leggere saggi e romanzi – afferma Saro Trovato, sociologo e fondatore di Libreriamo –. La rete, se viene utilizzata in modo adeguato, diventa fondamentale. La realizzazione dei video sui social oramai avviene simultaneamente e questo ci ha spinto ad incoraggiare gli utenti a sostenere la lettura attraverso l’invio di foto e la realizzazione di video. I nostri videomaker hanno realizzato delle clip che mirano a stimolare la gente. Soprattutto in spiaggia, luogo simbolo delle ferie estive, vogliamo che i libri rappresentino i migliori compagni di queste vacanze estive. Per questo motivo, vogliamo sfruttare la viralita’ dei social piu’ popolari, coinvolgendo la gente in modo semplice e divertente. Ognuno puo’ dare un suo contributo, dimostrando l’importanza dei libri e la loro sempre maggiore presenza nella vita di tutti i giorni, anche in estate.” L’iniziativa vivra’ sulle pagine Facebook di Libreriamo su Twitter e su Instagram. Oltre a pubblicare le foto ed i video, occorrera’ inserire sui diversi canali social l’hashtag #Booksonthebeach e la mention @Libreriamo. Un’opera di sensibilizzazione, ma anche di impegno, in cui tutti coloro che partecipano possono contribuire a far emergere come la lettura sia un attivita’ che “non va mai in vacanza” e come i libri stiano diventando sempre piu’ protagonisti del nostro quotidiano, protagonisti anche nel corso delle nostre ferie estive. Chiunque puo’ diventare un “Book hunter” o un “Videomaker” e realizzare immagini o video con protagonisti i libri nelle piu’ disparati contesti: in spiaggia, sul lettino, in viaggio destinazione “mare” (o, perché no, in mare grazie ai nuovi libri impermeabili!), oppure immagini di librerie in spiaggia o iniziative di bookcrossing balneare…sono infinite le combinazioni che dimostrano come i libri quest’anno sono attori protagonisti delle nostre ferie estive in spiaggia. L’obiettivo della campagna e’ quello di stimolare alla condivisione e far emergere come il libro sia protagonista delle nostre ferie estive.

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“Innovation with purpose” at the IFC 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2015

europa-261011-cDelivering his latest talk on the power of purpose and innovation for the first time in Europe, Dan Pallotta will be giving his powerful, thought-provoking insights at the opening plenary at the International Fundraising Congress in Holland on 20 – 23rd October.Dan is an entrepreneur, author and humanitarian activist who once said that “everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional”. His TED Talk was viewed more than 3.6 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. In his fantastic new talk, he challenges us to think about and question what it really takes to innovate – the kinds of questions that can change entire organisations.Dan delivered the closing plenary at IFC 4 years ago to a standing ovation. As he turns to this poignant subject he says: “We’re asked to innovate without really addressing the purpose of the innovation at the outset. Is its purpose only to obey what the cutting-edge business books say we should be doing?” “I wanted to take a counter-cultural look at the subject. The talk addresses themes and questions around great innovation coming from great purpose, frustration being the fuel for innovation, the power of an idea whose time has come over an idea whose time has been forced, the role of patience and presence in innovation, the power of commitment and if you’re not taking risks, the risks will take you.”According to Kyla Shawyer, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, the many challenges facing charities today are clear and innovation is an integral part of not just surviving but thriving.“To innovate is to future proof your organisation. No matter what sector you are in, innovation is an essential part of your organisation. Challenging the status quo and endeavouring to create new ways to engage with existing and new supporters is what fosters genuine commitment to your cause and translates to results on the ground.”“An important ingredient of the IFC is sharing experience – innovation can come from the most unexpected places? It’s the perfect platform for interacting with some of the brightest thinkers and passionate change-makers from around the world.”
Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favourite grantees. He is also the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a new leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.
He is the author of Uncharitable – How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, and When Your Moment Comes – a Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams. The Resource Alliance is also delighted to announce two new plenary guest speakers – Alberto Cairo, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross orthopaedic programme in Afghanistan, whoes work over 22 years, providing rehabilitation for disabled people and victims of the conflict in that country earnt him a Henry Dunant Medal, the highest award of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. Also presenting is Mark Horvath, founder of transformative storytelling platform “Invisible People”, which leverages the power of video and the reach of social media to share the unfiltered stories of homeless people in the US. With this spectacular line-up, this year’s IFC 2015 is not one to miss.

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Books for children

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 giugno 2011

Parma Sabato 18 giugno, dalle 17 nei locali di Emporio, in strada Traversante San Leonardo 13 a nasce lo spazio libreria, un angolo dedicato ai più piccoli perché per crescere il pane non basta. Così Andrea, Vincent, Bryan, Colombe, Amina, Gioia, Mabrouk, Alessandro, Karim, solo alcuni degli oltre 150 bambini che arrivano all’Emporio al seguito delle loro famiglie, da sabato prossimo troveranno una sorpresa ad aspettarli. L’idea nasce dalla creatività dei volontari di Centoperuno, l’associazione di associazioni da cui è nato il progetto, ed è semplice: riservare ai bambini uno spazio all’interno dell’Emporio, un luogo dove fermarsi mentre la mamma fa spesa, una piccola libreria con libri nuovi e belli. I bimbi li potranno consultare, leggere, sfogliare, sgualcire… e, volendo, portarli a casa con un controvalore simbolico in punti. Le modalità per l’acquisto sono le stesse del market: niente denaro ma una tessera con punti a scalare. Con il progetto “Nonsolopane” Centoperuno offre una ulteriore risposta alle famiglie che si trovano in difficoltà economica e invita il territorio a condividere l’evento partecipando all’inaugurazione che si terrà. Dopo il cibo, l’ascolto, la pratica quotidiana dell’accoglienza, ora i volontari sono pronti a condividere anche il valore della fantasia e dei saperi. Per i più piccoli, per più grandi. L’iniziativa è possibile grazie alla disponibilità della Casa Editrice Spaggiari di Parma e di Food Editori ma si prevede di coinvolgere altre case editrici e le librerie del territorio per ulteriori donazioni.

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