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 […]
Today’s post is guest post from Jackie French Jackie was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books. Jackie is a passionate […]
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 […]
Today’s postcard comes to us from Kendra Perkins at the YK Pao Secondary School in Shanghai, China. Thanks Kendra! Book Week A Celebration of the Written Word I am always looking for new ways to generate excitement at my library. Creating the tradition of an annual Book Week is one way we have decided to do […]
“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 […]
Today’s post comes to us from Sue McKerracher, formerly the Director of The Library Agency and now the CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association. In 2012, Sue led a massive advocacy program in Australia entitled the National Year of Reading. She kindly agreed to share her story with the ILN community. Australian libraries […]
For those who love to read, reading is more that just about our brains and society, reading is magical. Reading opens our lives and shows us new worlds, new ideas, new ways of thinking.