Category Archives: Educator Resources

Lesson plans, activity guides, and helpful tips from our literacy specialist and guest educators.

18 miles of books

 

Strand bookstore from upstairs
Strand bookstore from upstairs

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Elevator Pitch

Emmett Building, 95 Madison Ave.
Emmett Building, 95 Madison Ave.

Our offices are located in the Emmett building, which was built in 1912. The façade is gorgeous and the building has a history of being a former home to publishers like Dorling Kindersley (DK), Orchard Books, Kingfisher, Franklin Watts, and Millbrook. So for what was once a big publishing building, LEE & LOW remains the last publisher to reside at 95 Madison Avenue. The building has many quirks, but the main gripe all the tenants share are the elevators—they are old. Right now only one of the three is operational—barely. We all have gotten used to the habit of bringing our cell phone with us while riding the elevator in case we have to call for help.

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Humorous and Stirring

Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy
Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy

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We have a suggestion…

This image has been making the rounds lately:

Click for a larger image. If you can’t read it, it says (grammar and capitalization intact): “was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. most of them she reads once and never looks at again. is there some kind of like…video rental store but for books? would make things alot cheaper, plus once one person has read one the next person could get enjoyment from it etc.”

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BUBBLES!

Spotted on the corner of 32nd Street and Madison Avenue, near the Lee & Low offices: bubbles.

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Artful Recycling

Spotted on the corner of 31st Street and Madison Avenue, near the Lee & Low offices. These inactive fire alarms make an amazing diorama. Check out the Beatles theme! Funny thing about this—it was gone the very next day!