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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 2015 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 2015 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Jackie French: Schools are failing to teach children to read

Jackie French: Schools are failing to teach children to read | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
Teaching children how to read is increasingly being outsourced to well-meaning volunteers rather than qualified professionals, according to leading author Jackie French.
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Lack of teacher librarians in primary schools has an impact on the literacy of students.

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What libraries do for us – and me

What libraries do for us – and me | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
Malorie Blackman: Libraries' huge contribution to children's literacy is threatened by swingeing cuts across the country. Where is the outrage?
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UK children's laureate Malorie Blackman on the contribution of libraries to children's literacy.

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Reading Promotion Ideas on Pinterest

Reading Promotion Ideas on Pinterest | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
Explore Wendy Watts Scalfaro's hand-picked collection of Pins about Reading Promotion Ideas on Pinterest. | See more about banned books, library displays and book displays.
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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Neil Gaiman on the importance of reading and libraries.

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We like e-readers – but library users are still borrowing books

We like e-readers – but library users are still borrowing books | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
What place do e-readers – and in particular ebooks – hold in the reading behaviour of Australia’s 10 million public library borrowers? There are some 181 million items loaned every year by the nation’s…
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Authors call for 'a library in every school' legislation

Authors call for 'a library in every school' legislation | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
Schools minister Nick Gibb is being pressed to make it compulsory for all schools in the UK to have a library
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School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
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Powerful rationale for the role of teacher librarians in developing the literacy of students in collaboration with other educators.

Excerpt from the School Librarian's Role in Reading Position Statement "...Guiding learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information and to appreciate literature requires that they develop as strategic readers who can comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text in both print and digital formats. Learners must also have opportunities to read for enjoyment as well as for information..."

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Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination

Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
In a speech given to the Youth Libraries Group, The Dark Is Rising author recalls the events that fired her creative instincts as a child, and the importance of books and libraries in building a rich inner life for children
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Susan Cooper on the importance of libraries and books for children.

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Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference

Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference | Libraries & Literature | Scoop.it
Example of great things happening in Iowa school libraries

Via Karen Bonanno
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School libraries and teacher librarians in Iowa schools

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 16, 2013 6:16 AM

Proves what we know - school librraies make a difference