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the world of Eric Carle TM

the world of Eric Carle TM | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The World of Eric Carle embodies the joys of playful learning and an appreciation of art and nature...
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It's the 45th Anniversary of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

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Not So Fast: Speed-Reading App Fails To Convince Experts - NBC News

Not So Fast: Speed-Reading App Fails To Convince Experts - NBC News | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
A new Web app that promises vast increases in reading speed has been making the rounds in social media and tech news. But experts in the field say that the t...
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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:32 PM

Just because a news outlet says this doesn't make it accurate over the long term. Kids brains have changed compared to most parents and teachers, and more research needs to be done. The last time studies to depth were conducted was a lifetime ago.

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Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
We shouldn’t regard reading a book as more serious than hearing it out loud.
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International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day! 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative. Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book. 2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are…
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Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster

Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
While the television industry has begun catering to impatient audiences by releasing entire series at once, the book business is upending its traditional timetable by encouraging a kind of binge reading, releasing new works by a single author at an accelerated pace.
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The DNA of a Successful Book | Visual.ly

The DNA of a Successful Book | Visual.ly | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what it takes to have a "successful" book? Ebooks and conventional books alike, this infographic shows the ins and outs of a successful bo
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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
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Rebecca Chernek's curator insight, February 8, 2014 12:38 PM

So what was that you said about "technology"... some people just love to hold a tangible ... a paper menu in finance may still be what customer's appreciate. 

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Should every child read in their first year of school?

Should every child read in their first year of school? | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Misty Adoniou sets out some realistic expectations for what children can achieve in reading and writing in their first...
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Bosnia opens library to house ancient manuscripts - Boston.com

Bosnia opens library to house ancient manuscripts - Boston.com | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — During Bosnia's war and the siege of Sarajevo, residents moved a collection of ancient books and manuscripts to eight different locations to save them from destruction.
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LitWorld - An International Non-Profit Advocating for and Working Towards Global Literacy - Words Changing Worlds - World Read Aloud Day

LitWorld - An International Non-Profit Advocating for and Working Towards Global Literacy - Words Changing Worlds - World Read Aloud Day | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
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World read aloud day for 2014

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Science supports theory reading makes us better human beings

Science supports theory reading makes us better human beings | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Does reading fiction make you a better, less self-absorbed person?
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Norway Decided to Digitize All the Norwegian Books

Norway Decided to Digitize All the Norwegian Books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Between this and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norsk people are set for the future.
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READ Act requires commitment by Colorado teachers, parents - Longmont Daily Times-Call

READ Act requires commitment by Colorado teachers, parents - Longmont Daily Times-Call | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
“READ Act requires commitment by Colorado teachers, parents Longmont Daily Times-Call The Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act uses specific assessments to identify students who have a "significant reading deficiency" and provide proven...”
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Pew: The Library Holds Its Own in the Information Age

Pew: The Library Holds Its Own in the Information Age | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years into this Web thing, Americans remain "highly engaged" with libraries.
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Why Israel gave Japan 300 Anne Frank-related books

Why Israel gave Japan 300 Anne Frank-related books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The Israeli Embassy is donating 300 Anne Frank-related books to Tokyo public libraries to replace those that have been vandalized.
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Library Lovers' Day 2014 | Australian Library and Information Association

Library Lovers' Day 2014 | Australian Library and Information Association | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Forget Valentine's Day, 14 February has been re-named Library Lovers' Day! Take the opportunity to celebrate those who love and support libraries and to remind decision makers how loved and cherished libraries are by the entire community. Get involved | Resources | Wrap up You can see a collection of media stories and a list for events happening around Australia for Library Lovers' Day here.  Are you a regular fixture at the State Library of Victoria because you are inspired by its beautiful architecture? Do you love the reading nook at your local public library? Are you a fan of the smell of library books? Let us know what it is that you love about your library in any way you can. Find us on one of our social media links below and don’t forget to use #librarylove. You can also email us at media@alia.org.au. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Storify We’ll be collecting and posting all of the responses to #librarylove on our Storify page where you can see what everyone loves about their libraries.  In 2014, we want to find Australia’s Favourite Library! This is an excellent opportunity to get your library users to rally behind your library. Nominations for Australia’s Favourite Library will launch on the 10 February. You can nominate your library or you can encourage your patrons to nominate you as their favourite library. Once you have been nominated, encourage your community to show their #librarylove and vote for your library. The winning library will be announced during Library and Information Week 2014. Stay tuned for more information.  Library Lovers' Day is your day to share your love of your library! Plan events to show your colleagues, your community and the world just how much you love your library. Not feeling the love? Here are some ideas from previous Library Lovers' Day celebrations to inspire you. You can also head over to our pinterest page for more visual ideas.   Ideas for your communication channels Encourage your patrons to spread the #librarylove by having a competition for the best social media post using the hashtag with your libraries’ twitter handle Change your library’s facebook or twitter avatar and/or banner to the avatars and banners available in the resources section below  Get your patrons excited about your library and have them nominate you for the Australia’s Favourite Library competition Create a digital ‘blind date’ pinterest board that links to your libraries catalogue.  The Salt Lake County Library’s Pinterest has a great example. They took a picture of a book wrapped in brown paper and twine with short descriptions and linked the image to the book in their library catalogue Post romantic library stories on your social media. Here is a great post on how to have the best literary wedding ever (featuring lots of #librarylove) as well as a blog dedicated to romance recommendations called the Romance Librarian. You can also consider posting this list of librarians in romance novels Post a link to libraries in Australia who host weddings. The State Library of South Australia, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Queensland, the State Library of New South Wales, the State Library of Victoria and many other libraries around Australia host weddings and receptions. Take advantage of the romance that naturally surrounds weddings and tie it in to #librarylove Use a service like Storify to capture all of the awesome information coming through about library on social media on library lovers’ day.  Ideas for your library  Print out and put up the Library Lovers’ Day poster (scroll down to find it). Cut out some paper hearts in complimentary colours and have your library patrons write what they love about the library on the hearts. Put the hearts up on the wall around the poster and show off the love for your library Tempt your users by handing out bookmarks and little chocolate hearts to library customers who borrow items through the week. Scroll down to the resources section to check out the free bookmark download Tempt users to have a 'blind date' with a book and venture outside their comfort zone! Wrap it in brown paper (tied up with string) and encourage them to take one home as an ‘extra’ Consider nominating one of the wonderful staff at your library for an ALIA award. You can find a list of available awards here Create a Library Lovers' Day display with romantic books. Decorate the display with red balloons, flowers, streamers etc. It’s amazing what a trip to the local discount store and a creative mind can achieve Become a matchmaker! Pop a sign on the circulation desk ‘We'll help you find the book of your dreams’ or perhaps ‘If you've got the question we would love to answer it’ or even ‘The book matchmaker is in.’ Use your research skills and create a pamphlet of romantic things to do on Valentine's Day. Personalise it for your community by including details of local places to go and things to see. Perhaps there's a shady nook in your park or a place by the river. Consult with your colleagues; you'll have a list before you know it. Don’t forget to include items from your library like books of poetry to read out loud, romantic DVDs, romantic fiction, a cookbook to make dinner from or romantic CDs Use your skills to create eye-catching displays. Bring together all things romantic — romance novels, DVD's, CD's. Link romantic books that have made it to the screen. Wedding photos old and new — who knows what’s lurking in your collection Dress up — persuade your colleagues to "dress" for the day — a touch of red is universally romantic Bake — ask your colleagues to bake, make (or buy) a cake or treat that represents the book they love. Need ideas? Check out this pinterest board Consider holding a special event with guest speakers. Hold a reading with a focus on love. Arrange for a romance writer to visit or host a romance writers workshop Create Library Lovers' ‘hampers’ and send them to your local media, politicians, councilors and decision makers in your organisation and community. Tie them up with lots of ribbon for a romantic effect. Accompany them with some information about Library Lovers' Day and information about your library — how many people use it, how often etc Give the gift that lasts a lifetime; enrol someone you love as a library member!   Use our free downloads to create your own merchandise and activities to show your love. A3 Poster A5 Flyer Bookmarks Stickers Facebook Cover Facebook Avatar Email Signature   Send us your stories, photos and videos from Library Lovers' Day and check back after the event to see some of the 2014 highlights.
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Right at Home: Personal libraries are retreats - The Boston Globe

Right at Home: Personal libraries are retreats - The Boston Globe | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
With the advent of tablets, phones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say. Digital and print books can co-exist, says House Beautiful’s editor in chief Newell Turner. ‘‘When there’s an endless river of (digital) content, the words, text and images we choose to print and bind into a physical book will make (it) even more special,’’ she says.
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Apple to require iBooks 'interest-age' for children, teens by June

Apple to require iBooks 'interest-age' for children, teens by June | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
To aid with content discovery and on its iBookstore, Apple will be requiring publishers to assign an "interest-age" to e-books distributed to children, teens and young adults, including titles tagged as "educational."...
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Amazon’s latest page-turner: book publishing

Amazon’s latest page-turner: book publishing | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
After forever changing book-selling, Amazon is now embarked on a wide-ranging venture that seeks to alter the book-publishing end of the business. Company officials see it as an experiment where they can tinker with new ways to connect authors and readers.
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Reading 'can help reduce stress' - Telegraph

Reading 'can help reduce stress'  - Telegraph | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research.
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Books go online for free in Norway - Telegraph

Books go online for free in Norway - Telegraph | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
National Library of Norway puts more than 135,000 copyright-protected books online for free – and pays authors and publishers
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E-books surge as devices multiply —  but print holds fast - NBC News.com

E-books surge as devices multiply —  but print holds fast - NBC News.com | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
E-books are more popular than ever, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center — but print books still reign supreme, even among...
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The Book Thief reveals Australian connection

The Book Thief reveals Australian connection | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The Book Thief is an international best-selling book turned in to a major Hollywood film but few people know that its author is the Australian son of post-war immigrants.
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Reading a novel triggers lasting changes in the brain

Reading a novel triggers lasting changes in the brain | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
If you have ever felt that reading a novel transforms your mind, you are in agreement with neuroscientists from Emory University, who show that reading a book changes the brain.
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