Reading Matters What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community

ISBN-10: 1591580668
ISBN-13: 9781591580669
Edition: 2006
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Description: Drawing upon data published in a variety of scholarly journals, monographs in education, cultural studies, media studies, and libraries and information studies, as well as their own research findings, these authors shatter some of the popular myths  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Drawing upon data published in a variety of scholarly journals, monographs in education, cultural studies, media studies, and libraries and information studies, as well as their own research findings, these authors shatter some of the popular myths about reading and offer a cogent case for the library's vital role in the life of a reader. By providing a road map to research findings on reading, reader-response, audiences, genres, the value of popular culture, the social nature of reading, and the role of libraries in promoting literacy and reading, this guide offers a clear rationale for making pleasure reading a priority in the library and in schools. The authors assert that reading for pleasure is as vital as ever; and that it is, and should be, woven into the majority of activities librarians consider fundamental: reference, collection building, provision of leisure materials, readers' advisory services, storytelling programs, adult literacy programs, and the like. Reading Matters covers "myths about reading," "the boy problem," "reading and identity," "how readers select books," and "reading as a social activity." An essential resource for library administrators and personnel, the book will help them convey a message about the importance of reading to grant-funding agencies and others. It contains powerful proof that can be used to justify the establishment, maintenance, and growth of fiction (and other pleasure reading) collections, and of readers' advisory services. It is also of interest to LIS faculty who wish to establish/maintain courses in readers' advisory, and can be used as supplemental reading in these classes. Finally, it is a great model and aide for additional research on this topic.

LYNNE E.F. MCKECHNIE, Associate Professor at the school of Library and Information Studies, University of Western Ontario, is conduction a longitudinal study of the role of the public library in the lives of 30 children.

PAULETTE M. ROTHBAUER, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, has done extensive research on adolescent readers and the role of pleasure-reading in the discovery of identity. She is the winner of the Eugene Garfield Dissertation Competition.

Preface
The Company of Readers
Henny Penny and the Case for Reading
The "Fiction Problem"
Myths about Reading
Histories of Reading
Introduction to Reading Research
Reading as a Transaction
Reflecting on Reading
Becoming a Reader: Childhood Years
What We Know about Children and Reading
Becoming a Reader
Series Books
The Boy Problem
Children, Libraries, and Reading
Young Adults and Reading
What We Know about Young Adults and Reading
Young Adults and Fiction Reading
Reading and Identity
Reading Diverse Media Forms
The Reading-Writing Relationship
Young Adults Reading and Reaching Out
Adult Readers
The Who, What, Why, Where, When of Reading
The Reading Experience
What Role Does Reading Play in the Life of the Reader?
Better than Life
Reading High and Low
Best Sellers, Prizes, Lists, and the Manufacture of Taste
How Do Adult Readers Choose Books to Read?
Advising Readers
Reading as a Social Activity
In Conclusion: Reading Becomes You
Name and Subject Index
Title Index

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