A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people. Why Libraries Matter.
posted by cashman
on May 17, 2014 -
What I think we forget–or worse, never even realized—is the extreme privilege often inherent in “digital literacy.”
Yes, much of the Internet is free. But it takes time and energy to develop the skills and habits necessary to successfully derive value from today’s media. Knowing how to tell a troll from a serious thinker, spotting linkbait, understanding a meme, cross checking articles against each other, even posting a comment to disagree with something–these are skills. They might not feel like it, but they are. And they’re easier to acquire the higher your tax bracket.
- The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media
posted by beisny
on Nov 12, 2013 -
are board book versions of classic novels, each story represented by 12 child-friendly words and 12 needle-felted illustrations
, with the idea of developing "early literacy
"—everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually do either. Current titles include Pride and Prejudice
, Moby Dick
, Les Miserables
, and War and Peace
, with Jane Eyre
and Oliver Twist
forthcoming. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 22, 2013 -
The Secret Lives of Readers Books reveal themselves. Whether they exist as print or pixels, they can be read and examined and made to spill their secrets. Readers are far more elusive. They leave traces—a note in the margin, a stain on the binding—but those hints of human handling tell us only so much. The experience of reading vanishes with the reader.
How do we recover the reading experiences of the past? Lately scholars have stepped up the hunt for evidence of how people over time have interacted with books, newspapers, and other printed material.
posted by jason's_planet
on Dec 29, 2012 -
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 1, 2012 -
There is Housing Works
in NYC, which raises money for community based AIDS/HIV treatment and housing for the homeless. Here in Chicago we have Open Books
, who uses the money raised from selling donated books to run literacy programs and tutoring programs for children.
Now Minneapolis is getting Boneshaker Books
; an all volunteer run radical bookstore that will house the Women's Prison Book Project
and offer bike book delivery.
posted by bibliogrrl
on Jan 11, 2011 -
You may have heard that reading is in a slow decline (previously
). We now know that such reports were either exaggerated, or at least statistically questionable
. On the flip-side of all this is the fact that reading as an activity has never been more
accessible (or thrifty!) considering the number of reputable book swap programs
available on the internet. There's no excuse now! [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on May 30, 2008 -
Are people reading less? Government survey says: yes
. Declines in how much and how well people read “are adversely affecting this country's culture, economy, and civic life as well as our children's educational achievement.” Also the cause of poor test scores
. Steve Jobs
agrees: Kindle DOA because nobody reads books anymore. WaPo
says 1 in 4 persons read no books in 2006. And children didn't keep reading after they got through Harry Potter, either
So literacy's in a long slow decline.
But wait. [more inside]
posted by cogneuro
on Feb 21, 2008 -
A new TV series described as "Sesame Street for adults"
gets a wide release next month on PBS stations nationwide. Its producers hope it will reach a few of the estimated 90 million "low-functioning" grown-ups. In 1992, when researchers last rated the skills of adults 16 or older, they found that nearly half weren't proficient in applying basic skills to accomplish daily tasks. Is this a bold step toward improving the lives of less fortunate adults, or a disturbing sign of the increasing ignorance of the American public?
posted by eyebeam
on Jul 25, 2003 -
Look and Read
offers storylines, songs, video clips and my first introduction to Wordy
from this classic BBC School series. As someone who grew up on Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock
, I found it interesting to see the British equivalent. Plus, it's good campy fun
posted by snez
on Feb 5, 2003 -
"'The best thing is being able to write my name,' says Siddiqa, 18...." Simple and powerful lessons
are being taught in Afghanistan.
posted by donkeyschlong
on Sep 23, 2002 -