Libraries and Reading

In a climate of tightened budgets and severe demands on public literacy resources, Conner and Plocharczyck go to the foundations of social justice in Cultural Studies to show how the means of integrating those with disabilities into ...

Libraries and Reading

In a climate of tightened budgets and severe demands on public literacy resources, Conner and Plocharczyck go to the foundations of social justice in Cultural Studies to show how the means of integrating those with disabilities into libraries and communities can be found in our everyday practices.

Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America

Each essay in this collection examines a historical circumstance related to reading in libraries.

Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America

For well over one hundred years, libraries open to the public have played a crucial part in fostering in Americans the skills and habits of reading and writing, by routinely providing access to standard forms of print: informational genres such as newspapers, pamphlets, textbooks, and other reference books, and literary genres including poetry, plays, and novels. Public libraries continue to have an extraordinary impact; in the early twenty-first century, the American Library Association reports that there are more public library branches than McDonald's restaurants in the United States. Much has been written about libraries from professional and managerial points of view, but less so from the perspectives of those most intimately involved—patrons and librarians. Drawing on circulation records, patron reviews, and other archived materials, Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America underscores the evolving roles that libraries have played in the lives of American readers. Each essay in this collection examines a historical circumstance related to reading in libraries. The essays are organized in sections on methods of researching the history of reading in libraries; immigrants and localities; censorship issues; and the role of libraries in providing access to alternative, nonmainstream publications. The volume shows public libraries as living spaces where individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds, needs, and desires encountered and used a great variety of texts, images, and other media throughout the twentieth century.

Libraries and Reading

Libraries and Reading


Libraries and Readers

Libraries and Readers


Reading Matters

A road map to the research on reading and libraries, and a cogent case for the library's vital role in the life of a reader--from childhood through adulthood.

Reading Matters

A road map to the research on reading and libraries, and a cogent case for the library's vital role in the life of a reader--from childhood through adulthood.

On Libraries and Reading

On Libraries and Reading


Books are Friends

Books are Friends


Understanding Libraries and Reading among Children

This collection of articles draws attention to the needs of learners and students in the 21st century who require more than textbook information to do their school work.

Understanding Libraries and Reading among Children

Libraries are regarded as hubs that provide literary resources in various forms. This collection of articles draws attention to the needs of learners and students in the 21st century who require more than textbook information to do their school work. It represents an important contribution to research on learners and reading, reading acquisition, and information literacy.

When I Went to the Library

A collection of stories brings to the life the traditions of the library, from a boy who finds solace against the impending death of his grandmother to a young Chinese woman who uses books to escape from her life.

When I Went to the Library

A collection of stories brings to the life the traditions of the library, from a boy who finds solace against the impending death of his grandmother to a young Chinese woman who uses books to escape from her life.

The Library at Night

In part this is because this is about the library at night, not during the day: this book takes in what happens after the lights go out, when the world is sleeping, when books become the rightful owners of the library and the reader is the ...

The Library at Night

In the tradition of A History of Reading, this book is an account of Manguel’s astonishment at the variety, beauty and persistence of our efforts to shape the world and our lives, most notably through something almost as old as reading itself: libraries. The Library at Night begins with the design and construction of Alberto Manguel’s own library at his house in western France – a process that raises puzzling questions about his past and his reading habits, as well as broader ones about the nature of categories, catalogues, architecture and identity. Thematically organized and beautifully illustrated, this book considers libraries as treasure troves and architectural spaces; it looks on them as autobiographies of their owners and as statements of national identity. It examines small personal libraries and libraries that started as philanthropic ventures, and analyzes the unending promise – and defects – of virtual ones. It compares different methods of categorization (and what they imply) and libraries that have built up by chance as opposed to by conscious direction. In part this is because this is about the library at night, not during the day: this book takes in what happens after the lights go out, when the world is sleeping, when books become the rightful owners of the library and the reader is the interloper. Then all daytime order is upended: one book calls to another across the shelves, and new alliances are created across time and space. And so, as well as the best design for a reading room and the makeup of Robinson Crusoe’s library, this book dwells on more "nocturnal" subjects: fictional libraries like those carried by Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster; shadow libraries of lost and censored books; imaginary libraries of books not yet written. The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through the mind of one our most beloved men of letters. It is an invitation into his memory and vast knowledge of books and civilizations, and throughout – though mostly implicitly – it is also a passionate defence of literacy, of the unique pleasures of reading, of the importance of the book. As much as anything else, The Library at Night reminds us of what a library stands for: the possibility of illumination, of a better path for our society and for us as individuals. That hope too, at the close, is replaced by something that fits this personal and eclectic book even better: something more fragile, and evanescent than illumination, though just as important.

Reading Is Our Business

Discusses current research on how children learn to read and outlines a seven-step teaching strategy for enhancing all aspects of reading comprehension.

Reading Is Our Business

Discusses current research on how children learn to read and outlines a seven-step teaching strategy for enhancing all aspects of reading comprehension.

Libraries and Reading

Libraries and Reading


Books Afloat Ashore

Books Afloat   Ashore


Literacy Libraries and Learning

This comprehensive guide discusses the changing responsibilities of classroom teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students become better readers, writers, and researchers.

Literacy  Libraries and Learning

The school library has changed dramatically. Today, it is a portal to a world of learning that includes traditional books, digital resources, and online environments. As the importance of information and communication technologies grows, teachers and teacher-librarians hold the key to creating powerful learning opportunities that help students function more effectively. This comprehensive guide discusses the changing responsibilities of classroom teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students become better readers, writers, and researchers. It offers suggestions for re-inventing the school library by offering a better and more current selection of resources, instilling students with the reading habit, and supporting them in these key areas: promoting reading for learning and pleasure; improving critical literacy skills when using information from many sources; encouraging research methods that respect copyright and lead to original work; designing information tasks to help students work effectively with data; developing better informational text structures that increase comprehension; encouraging the integration of emerging technologies and traditional resources. Literacy, Libraries, and Learning argues that using diverse learning resources can improve literacy achievement. It shows teachers and teacher-librarians how to turn their schools into first-rate learning environments and their students into lifelong learners.

Ancient Libraries

The libraries of the ancient world were completely unlike those we know today. This book explores and explains those differences.

Ancient Libraries

The libraries of the ancient world were completely unlike those we know today. This book explores and explains those differences.

Annotated Catalogue of Books Used in the Home Libraries and Reading Clubs Conducted by the Children

Annotated Catalogue of Books Used in the Home Libraries and Reading Clubs Conducted by the Children

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Institutions of Reading

Tracing the evolution of the library as a modern institution from the late eighteenth century to the digital era, this book explores the diverse practices by which Americans have shared reading matter for instruction, edification, and ...

Institutions of Reading

Tracing the evolution of the library as a modern institution from the late eighteenth century to the digital era, this book explores the diverse practices by which Americans have shared reading matter for instruction, edification, and pleasure. Writing from a rich variety of perspectives, the contributors raise important questions about the material forms and social shapes of American culture. Institutions of Reading offers at once a social history of literacy and leisure, an intellectual history of institutional and technological innovations that facilitated the mass distribution and consumption of printed books and periodicals, and a cultural history of the symbolic meanings and practical uses of reading in American life. Baenen, James Green, Elizabeth McHenry, Barbara Mitchell, Christine Pawley, Janice Radway, James Raven, Karin Roffman, and Roy Rosenzweig.

Readers Reading and Librarians

Readers, Reading, and Librarians explores the future of the book as a medium. With nearly two hundred open-ended interviews with readers who read for pleasure, this book looks at how and why they choose or reject certain books.

Readers  Reading  and Librarians

This vital book reaffirms librarians'enthusiasm for books and readers in the midst of the evolution of libraries-from reading centers to information centers where librarians are now Web masters, information scientists, and media experts. Readers, Reading, and Librarians explores the future of the book as a medium. With nearly two hundred open-ended interviews with readers who read for pleasure, this book looks at how and why they choose or reject certain books. Readers, Reading, and Librarians examines: reasons for the current decline in pleasure reading the need for librarians to sponsor book groups the current focus on "electronic wonders" balancing the missions of acting as an advisory service for readers and maintaining your library's technological services and much more!