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July/August 2010Volume 49, No. 4

Evaluating Summer Reading Programs: Suggested Improvements

Summer reading programs (SRPs) have been a staple for many, if not most, public libraries since the turn of the twentieth century. Their popularity attests to the continuing value of encouraging reading among primary and secondary grade children in communities across the nation. Each summer, during the annual hiatus from school, reading skills often decline. […]

Stuff We’ve Spotted Lately

Michael: “Hey David, how about for this column we jump all over the place and hit a string of ideas?” David: “What? I wasn’t paying attention. I was jumping between browser tabs and IM on my laptop.” Michael: “Perfect! That’s what we’ll make this column like.” David: “Huh? Ok.” Netflix Did you see that Netflix […]

Forging Ahead

“In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.”—Ezra Pound (1885–1972)1 It appears that history continues to repeat itself. These words ring as true now as they did when Pound wrote them; although we also still grapple with reading literacy both in this […]