The Pavement Bookworm

Philani Dladla’s story is a beautiful homage to the power of books and reading. The young South African first began his love affair with books and reading when he was 12-years old and given The Last White Parliament by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, by his mother’s employer. Although his ability to read English was almost […]

Readers for Life: Alternative programs for people with dyslexia

Traditional reading programs are not always effective for young people struggling with dyslexia.The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the […]

Readers for Life: Traveling Libraries

Not all of us have the pleasure or ability to visit a local library. In many parts of the world, people depend on libraries coming to them. There are some amazingly creative mobile libraries that make the joy of reading available to people, whether in big cities or rural areas. What is truly remarkable about […]

Readers for Life: Prison Libraries

In March of 2015, the Washington D.C. Public Library in the USA opened its first Prison Library Program to introduce inmates to books and library programming available to them while they are incarcerated, as well as after their release. In its first year alone, 1,100 inmates checked out 4,600 books. The project’s inception began three […]

Readers for life: Reading aloud to YA

Most people remember, quite fondly, being read to by their parents before bedtime. Many people have experienced story-time at their school or local library when they were a small child. I have very lovely memories of my mother taking me to my local library in pyjamas for story-time. These events are still popular in many […]

Readers for Life: The South Asian Perspective

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” -Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General   The UNESCO Institute of Statistics- UIS, 2015 report on ‘ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY National, regional and global trends, 1985-2015’ show the literacy rates in […]