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While toy libraries target younger children, libraries that offer video games draw teens. A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” The games themselves also seem to help struggling readers, with some reading text in video game format “that was up to eight grades above their reading level,” says Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Having gaming available at libraries has other advantages as well. It gives lower-income youth the chance to play games they may not be able to afford; offers teenagers a safe place; and helps teens understand that the library is a place where they can belong.

The case for making libraries full of toys and games – Quartz (via infoneer-pulse)

I have two friends who taught themselves to read by playing video games.

What matters is that kids read and that they think reading is fun. It doesn’t matter as much what they’re reading. If they read regularly and enjoy reading, they’ll eventually read “worthwhile literature,” too, and they’ll have good enough reading skills to do it.

(via neurodiversitysci)

I vote for getting kids in to the library any way we can. Not just because it boosts statistics. Or they may accidentally check out a book eventually. But because libraries are safe spaces. If they’re in the library they’re out of trouble. They’re seeing all the knowledge that is open to them, and it is making an impression now, even if they never check anything out. They know there is a place to go, and people to talk to, who have answers. Have a mild curiosity about tornados?? We can find an interest-level appropriate book for you. Need your next fix of Breaking Bad? We can probably help you out, either through OUR dvd section or ILL. I just ILLd a ton of Chibi vampire for a girl cos we only had vol. 1. I really don’t give a crap if our GN section is bigger than our section on cooking. I know what checks out. You just saw Winter Soldier? You want some sweet, sweet Bucky tears of sorrow? I can hook you up. Just come to the library. We’ve got space for group projects, for quiet time, for a refuge from everyday life. And we WANT you here.

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cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.
The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.
Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 
"We don’t need feminism" 
"Maybe he just worked harder"
"*any MRA bullshit*"

cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.

The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.

Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. 
source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 

"We don’t need feminism" 

"Maybe he just worked harder"

"*any MRA bullshit*"

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agathaheterodyne:

deadbyfriday:

chubbycartwheels:

hola-my-mishamigos-and-timelords:

toxicscars666:

“Proof” updated version.

STOP IT I’M FREAKING OUT

I am both scared and excited

LET’S NOT FORGET THE FUCKING DALEK EYESTALK THAT WASHED UP IN FLORIDA

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Or the Utah Cave Painting resembling the TARDIS~

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let me repost this again

Not to mention the fact Mars is full of water.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gallifrey

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Remember those things the Master had? So:

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Crack in time?

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HE LIVES.

So now I’m just gonna sit down and wait.

i just nearly fell down the stairs running to tell my dad that the doctor is real and that the internet has proof… 

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let’s not forget about this painting that has been made in 1959.It looks like Amy and Rory who actually lived somewhere around that time

This is my favorite post ever

Everytime I see this post again, it has been updated with lots more information that seriously make me if all is real.

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Found this in a subway station,

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and that’s an ancient Scottish symbol 

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does anybody remember this or

OH SNAP

IT GOT BETTER

Whovians, prepare for battle. The battle for Earth.

EVERY TIME I SEE THIS POST ITS BEEN UPDATED WITH MORE PROOF WHICH MAKES ME BOTH VERY EXCITED AND A LITTLE SCARED

This is why Doctor Who fandom is fucking amazing. 

OMFG!!!!!

Now I wish I had a picture of the bust from I-House because it is the spitting image of William Hartnell as One. It’s uncanny.

(Source: saltwaterandink)

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Participate in a Survey About Gender Diversity in Video Games

shisno:

ilikelookingatnakedmen:

The <title> of this page is “Do Consumers Want More Women In Video Games?” The results of this survey will be presented at GDC15, so let’s tell ‘em a resounding “FUCK YEAH!”

Please reblog! 

the survey is purely multiple choice, no essay length responses required. it was pretty simple to take, too.

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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

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meganhilty:

Anastasia

Favorite Characters - Vladimir & Sophie

god Sophia had a double chin and bingo wings and a booty like a shelf and she was still hot as fuck. and Anastasia was hot. and the empress was hot. All the ladies were pretty but totally different sizes and ages and things were wonderful.

Sophie wasn’t just on screen to be fat and funny. She was depicted as actually DESIRABLE. I was a little stick of a child when this movie came out and that definitely effected my views of beauty. As a much thicker adult it still means a lot to me now.

^ SO MUCH THIS

It made me SO happy to see a lady who wasn’t super skinny still being portrayed as being sexy and desirable…

We need more movies like this…with characters like this, who aren’t just treated like walking punchlines because of their bodies…

(Source: meganhilty, via theywillliveagaininfreedom)

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