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The forthcoming "Hunger Games" release has a title and a cover,  Jeff Kinney lets Rowley pitch in to help educate kids about recycling, and more in News Bites. 

The next book in "The Hunger Games" series has a title and a cover; a new civil service and volunteerism archives is established; Jeff Kinney helps educate kids on recycyling; and Rebel Girls furthers its reach to include more philanthropic work in this edition of News Bites.

Panem Novel Has a Name

It is Untitled Panem Novel no more. Scholastic announced the title for the new installment in “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. The first “Hunger Games” book since Mockingjay almost 10 years ago will be The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

The publisher also revealed the cover of the much-anticipated novel, which will be released May 19, 2020. At that time, it will be published in print, digital, and audio formats by Scholastic in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Civil Service and Volunteerism Archives

Researchers and historians wanting to know more about civic service and volunteerism in America will soon be able to turn to new archives at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Library. The National Service Archives, a collection within the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at IUPUI, will be the only place in the United States to find these unique documents. Items include documents from the Corporation for National and Community Service; papers from leaders like Sen. Harris Wofford, who helped create the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps; and stories and documents from volunteers themselves.

There will be digital access to all the documents in the future. For now, those not near campus can search the finding guide for more information.

In addition to the documents and items already gathered for the collection, the hope is that other organizations sponsoring national service will donate to it so it can continue to build out with documents, photographs, and oral histories.

Rowley says, “Recycle!”

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author and illustrator Jeff Kinney has teamed up with PepsiCo Recycling for the “Be Awesome! Recycle!” campaign, supporting PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program, which provides U.S. K-12 schools with an array of recycling resources and incentives.

The campaign features "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" character Rowley Jefferson encouraging kids to start recycling and embody the idea that “awesome kids care.” Kinney designed the cartoon of Rowley for the campaign.

The “Be Awesome! Recycle!” cartoon and associated resources will enable students to broadcast their positive action to their friends, and establish recycling as not only a social norm, but something to be proud of.

"[This] program not only encourages kids to recycle but also educates them about its importance and what they can do to make a difference,” Kinney said in a statement. “Having Rowley Jefferson as the spokesperson for this year's campaign is truly awesome! I hope that his positive spirit and kindhearted values help encourage even more students to participate in this year's rally!"

Rebel Girls Teams up with IRC

Rebel Girls, the multi-media company behind the bestselling book series "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" and podcast of the same name, announced a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support refugee women, who are aspiring entrepreneurs and refugee girls, who are aspiring leaders. Rebel Girls also promised a $100,000 donation over a 12-month period. The money will be used for immediate needs, as well as the IRC's Women's Protection and Girls Empowerment programs. Rebel Girls will also coordinate programs with the IRC, including a match donation campaign for the holiday season and a celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day.

The IRC responds to humanitarian crises around the world with programming that focuses on health, safety, education, and economic well-being.

New York Times and Verizon Give Students Access to Stories, Curriculum

The New York Times (NYT) and Verizon Innovative Learning have partnered to provide Title I high schools and middle schools access to the NYT and its curriculum. The resources are provided through The Learning Network, a part of the NYT that creates writing prompts, contests, daily lesson plans, and more using Times content to help bring current events to the classroom and better students' literacy skills. Verizon Innovative Learning provides free internet access, technology, and tech-related curriculum to under-resourced schools across the country.

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