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For the homeless, taking shelter — in a book

“When I appear at the fence of the Glendale homeless shelter with my rolling suitcase, I hear cries of “It’s the book lady” or, if I’m with my daughter, “It’s the book ladies; let them in!” At that point, we are allowed to cut to the front of the line and pass through the gate without being wanded or searched. We then head for a table in the hall where we empty our suitcase and spread out our books. Since I’m on the board of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, I collect most of the books I bring from the red-dot, super-sale bookshelf at the library. These are donated books that no one purchased at the library’s sale.” (via latimes.com)

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10 facts about Americans and public libraries

“Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. Half of Americans now own a tablet or e-reader and libraries have responded by expanding their digital offerings. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books. American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities. In advance of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Convention (#alamw14) in Philadelphia, here are some key facts and trends we have chronicled in our research on America’s public libraries.” (via Pew Research Center)

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Between jailed parents and their children, reading time

“The elementary-aged sisters didn’t seem thrilled to be in the library. The two girls stuck close to their mother, Ann, as volunteers led them into a room with CD players and books. But when a volunteer pressed “play” on one of the devices, the girls’ expressions changed from apathetic to awestruck. The Selby Library hosted the first “Read to Me” event on Saturday, where the children of parents serving sentences in the Sarasota County Jail could listen to a recording of their parent reading a children’s book.” (via HeraldTribune.com)

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Library offering students blind dates with a book

“You don’t have to worry about meeting up with anyone new when you go into Drake Memorial Library to find your “blind date.” This blind date is a book. College at Brockport junior, Lucie Jutsum, said she and library employees, first saw the idea on Tumblr. “It seems to be really popular in other libraries around the country,” Jutsum said. “The idea has really taken off.”

Jutsum said she brought the idea to Wendy Prince, evening library supervisor.” “I had seen the idea before, but hesitated because I knew it would take a committee to make a successful display,” Prince said.” (via The College at Brockport)

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Want To Read Others’ Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

“Your ability to “read” the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read. That’s the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction. On average, people who read parts of more literary books like The Round House by Louise Erdrich did better on those tests than people who read either nothing, read nonfiction or read best-selling popular thrillers like The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel.” (via NPR)

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More than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012

“The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature — in the NEA’s definition, novels, short stories, poetry or plays — has declined since 2008, returning to 2002 lows. Fifty-seven percent of American adults read one or more books not required for work or school in 2012 — that’s 128 million readers.” (via LA Times)

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Scholastic Donates One Million Books to “Reach Out and Read” to Help Low-Income Families Build Home Libraries

“A recent study found that having books in the home and parents as reading role models have a positive impact on children’s reading frequency.* To encourage all families to read to and with their children and to help more low-income families build home libraries, Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today its donation of one million books to Reach Out and Read, the nonprofit organization that helps implement early-childhood literacy awareness during a child’s regular medical office visits. Scholastic is a long-time supporter of Reach Out and Read, and this donation will help the organization distribute more free books provided by pediatric professionals and hospitals to low-income families while educating them about the importance of reading aloud to foster children’s early literacy development.” (via Scholastic Media Room)

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Arlington library system starts ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ to urge a love of reading

“Books are one of Chloe Leitmann-Morales’s favorite things. She sorts through the full shelf in her family’s Arlington County living room, pulling out her choices one after another, then settles comfortably on almost any nearby lap. She’s ready to listen and follow along as her father, mother or grandmother reads about Dora the Explorer, different kinds of bellies or the dog Blue, in both English and Spanish. Chloe has “read” more than 1,000 books. She is 2 years old.” (via The Washington Post)

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Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

“Amazon.com today announced its third annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2012, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.” (via Amazon Media Room)

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Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age

“The last time a student at Archbishop Wood High School borrowed Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was 1997. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island has fared even worse: No student has checked out the adventure novel since 1991. It could be they are simply dated and unappealing to today’s high school students, or it could be because they are, well, books in an age of proliferating digital information. Either way, these titles may not be on Archbishop Wood’s shelves much longer: By the end of the school year, the number of volumes in the school’s library will be whittled from 47,000 to about 1,000 to make room for a new bank of computers, projection equipment, and collaborative space.”

via The Inquirer

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