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To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence

To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence [pdf] Click to access ToRead.pdf In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published their groundbreaking report, “Reading at Risk,” which took a critical look at voluntary reading patterns and test scores, and revealed some rather dire trends along the way. November 2007 …

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Couples turn reading into a joint venture

Couples turn reading into a joint venture | csmonitor.com For most people, reading is a solitary, silent act. But some couples also turn it into a joint venture by reading aloud. Their literary equation is: 2 people 1 book = shared pleasure. Whatever the season, whatever the subject, it’s their personal version of an audiobook.No …

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More on the Most Literate Cities in the U.S.

Back in late December I reported on the most literate cities in the U.S. Here’s some more news from the Central Connecticut State University’s report The bad news: One of the most disturbing trends is that while Americans are becoming more and more educated in terms of their time spent in school and their education …

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Mailer, Paley, Vonnegut: same era, different voices – Los Angeles Times

Mailer, Paley, Vonnegut: same era, different voices – Los Angeles Times In a piece in the Los Angeles Times Morris Dickstein discusses three literary icons who died in 2007: American fiction lost three of its most warmly admired figures this year, all dead at the age of 84 after long careers. Critics love the idea …

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Good News for Libraries

Pew Internet: Information Searches That Solve Problems There’s good news for libraries in a report issued yesterday of a joint project by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. The topic of the study was how Americans approach problems that might be linked to government: The problems covered in the …

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The Most Literate Cities in the U.S.

Minneapolis Ousts Seattle as Most Literate City The folks at The Seattle Times are lamenting their city’s fall from the top spot of the annual list of most literate cities in the U.S. The rankings, originated and authored by CCSU’s [Central Connecticut State University] president John W. Miller, compare the country’s 69 biggest cities in …

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Welcome to the new Notes in the Margin Weblog!

I have just taken a drastic action: I deleted all previous Notes in the Margin Weblog entries in order to install and use WordPress from now on. It was quite a nostalgic moment for me. My earliest entries were from January 2002. Yes, that’s right–almost six years ago. I’m sure that just as much has …

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