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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -