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Interesting Things I’ve Read Recently

March 13, 2014

An assortment of stories and links that have caught my eye recently.

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It’s Fun. (The Atlantic). Especially important when testing and reading scores are getting so much attention. Not going to lie: there were plenty of times when having a book assigned made it into drudgery and leached any pleasure out of the experience. But I read plenty outside of school (and I still do.) I honestly have no idea how to create a love of reading where there isn’t one, because a love of reading is so much part of my experience.

How Public Libraries Are Solving America’s Reading Problem (Forbes) With 978,701 titles published or self-published in a year readers are drowning in books. Libraries to the rescue!

Finally, libraries increased in relevance as centers for book discovery.  Last year, 2.9% of frequent readers said they’d discovered their last book at a library, a big jump from 1.8% in 2010…According to the Pew Research Center, libraries remain the most trusted institution in the United States, ahead of the military, small businesses, the police or religious institutions.  A staggering 91% of Americans say that libraries are important to their community. In fact, in an era characterized by mistrust and dysfunction in government, libraries became laboratories of democracy.

I haven’t read all the books on the World Book Day list of 50 YA Novels That Will Change Your Life. I am not sure I agree with all the ones I have read that made this list. And I still haven’t read Wuthering Heights. Oops.

Worth remembering: Procrastination Is Not Laziness. Sometimes it’s perfectionism. (ThoughtCatalog)

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