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Lancaster author shares her experience with OCD and new children’s picture books that address complex emotions

Jessica Whipple, Lancaster poet and author of Enough Is and I Think I Think a Lot joined us on The Spark Tuesday to discuss her books, poetry, and connection to her work.

By Aniya Faulcon

Librarian says he was told to remove Holocaust survivor’s quote for violating Central Bucks’ ‘advocacy’ policy

The quote is from Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Who are Quakers and what do they believe? Quaker Activist, George Lakey, gives answers and discusses his new book

On The Spark Monday we dove beneath the surface and learned more about Quakerism and George Lakey, a Quaker activist who fights for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor, justice, and the environment.

By Aniya Faulcon

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Local organization works to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Central Pennsylvania

The program allows a family to register their child(ren) to receive a free, new, developmentally appropriate book each month, from the time they’re born to the age of five.

By Aniya Faulcon

Children’s book aims to normalize and educate people about breastfeeding

Dr. Amaka Nnamani, author of “Ziora’s Quest: Mommy’s Milk Rocks!”, Pediatrician and Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator for Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics, Amara Nnamani, co-author of the book, Ola Nnamani, inspiration for the book, joined us on Monday’s Smart Talk to discuss their book and the importance of children being informed about breastfeeding.

By Aniya Faulcon

Why are book bans taking place?

Book challenges in America aren’t new — but over the past year, they’ve reached a peak. In particular, Pennsylvania is second on a PEN America’s list of states with the highest number of banned books. In Pennsylvania, there are 456 bans across nine districts and the school district with the most bans across the nation can be found in the state as well.

By Aniya Faulcon

New biography chronicles the triumphs and struggles of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe

The book traces Thorpe from his birth on a Sac and Fox reservation to his formative years as a collegiate football star at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and beyond.

By Bill O'Driscoll/WESA

Former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook writes children’s book

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook wrote a children’s book based on his life growing up smaller than the other kids but determined to play football.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY