Canadians love to read, and now we have the numbers to prove it. For the second year in a row, the literacy advocacy coalition known as the National Reading Council has tallied book sales and library loans for a typical week in January (which, it should be noted, is a notoriously slow month for the book trade). The group found that, across Canada, a total of 3.4 million English- and French-language books were bought and circulated from Jan. 23 to 29, up 26 per cent from a comparable period last year, when the figure was 2.7 million.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System is celebrating Freedom to Read Week with a Guess the Banned Book Contest. From Feb. 1 to 29, drop in to your local branch and read the clues given for three books that have been challenged or banned. Fill out an entry form with the title of one of the books, your name and your phone number. Then place your entry form in the drop box. At the end of the month a winner will be drawn at each branch.
A new website uses police technology to sketch out faces of characters described in notable novels. Called The Composites, it shows images of literary characters created by using the author's description of a character with law enforcement composite-sketch software
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but showing your kids how much you care is something you do every day. Just think of all the times you've missed watching Modern Family so you could read your children a bedtime story. Now that's love. So for our February Little Lions post, we decided to focus on books about the unbreakable bond between parents and children.
Principal Sue Dorris told how the iPad benefited the kindergartners in her school, “We are seeing high levels of student motivation, engagement and learning in the iPad classrooms.” Ms. Dorris also told of how they use apps to specifically target a child’s needs, “The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. What’s more, teachers can customize apps to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn successfully at their own level and pace.”
Often referred to as evangelical fiction to distinguish it from secular fiction, CF is still erroneously pigeonholed by some critics as simplistic storytelling or “gentle reads” that can’t compete with mainstream novels for complexity of plot and character development. Bethany House’s 1979 ground-breaking publication of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly, which combined an evangelical worldview with a historical romance, filled a niche long ignored by mainstream publishers, and is credited with pioneering modern inspirational fiction.
Library patrons between the ages of 21 and 40—those most likely to have young children— turn to mobile technology when looking for content, conducting research, and when trying to locate material for their kids. Nearly 15 percent of this group report they are using mobile services to help their children with research or to find a book.
A sneak peek of a statue celebrating Northrop Frye's centennial birthday was unveiled Monday at Moncton's Capitol Theatre along with a list of authors and literary critics who will be attending this year's Frye Festival.
4. La bibliothèque, un second chez-soi ? En France, Bibliothèque 21 est un cycle de rencontres départementales autour de la “bibliothèque publique d’aujourd’hui” réunissant des élus et des bibliothécaires. Ici, le premier volet se passe dans le Pas-de-Calais où le modèle nordique de bibliothèque “troisième lieu” est une source d’inspiration.
Face à ces changements, notre environnement et nos espaces, qu’ils soient publics ou privés, sont à redéfinir pour une meilleure harmonie et une meilleure intégration de la technologie. Les espaces en bibliothèque n’échappent pas à ce constat. La bibliothèque intelligente doit s’approprier le principe de l’informatique ubiquitaire pour créer des espaces intelligents et interactifs. Ces espaces seront axés sur l’usager et lui offriront de nouvelles façons de découvrir et d’explorer la bibliothèque. Pour la bibliothèque, il s’agit d’une nouvelle stratégie pour séduire les usagers.
The Merritt Library will burn books during “Freedom to Read Week” if they don’t have the help of the community. Deborha Merrick, branch head, is placing a heap of literature over firewood and she encourages people to take a book and put it into the do-not-burn pile between Feb. 26 and March 3.
La campagne National Reading qui se déroule au Canada vient de mettre à jour quelques chiffres sur les habitudes de lecture du pays. Une perspective entre janvier 2011 et 2012, qui livre des données sur les ventes, mais également sur la circulation des oeuvres dans le pays.
In another in our library's series of "stealth" or "passive" programs, we developed a Cookie Club initiative in December and January to encourage families to use the library often during this often slow library-use season. Kids up to age 10 could join up by simply picking up a little business-card-sized "Cookie Club" card. Then each time they checked out books they got a stamp on their card and a paper cookie to put their name on and could put in a "cookie jar" on the wall.
It’s a concept known as “permission marketing,” the privilege—not the right—of delivering anticipated, personal, and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them, according to marketing guru Seth Godin (pictured), who coined the term. The theory being that if the audience opts in to receive updates, they’ll pay closer attention than they would to a standard broadcasted message.
I’ll be honest with you – I find it challenging. 20 minutes is a long time to keep that large and diverse of group engaged. My solution? Let the kids be the stars of the show! (Or, to put a more cynical spin on it – make the kids do the work for you.) I wrote a series of brief scripts describing very popular and easily recognizable children’s books. I call up a series of student volunteers, give them some simple props, and ask them to read aloud the scripts. The kids in the audience have to guess the book. And guess what – they always do!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
La décision de Penguin de mettre fin à son contrat avec OverDrive a encore plus fracturé le marché de prêt de livres numériques en bibliothèque, soulignant la difficulté à trouver un modèle économique unique dans lequel tous les acteurs seraient satisfaits.
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