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The Books Are Alright; Why Print Isn’t Doomed in the E-book Industry 

Despite having grown up in a technologically-dominated age, in which everything from music, television, shopping, and even the way we spend time with other people is gradually becoming digitized, there's one thing I can't bring myself to adapt to, and that is using e-books. Reading is one of the first things I learned to enjoy, …

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Summer Reading 

As this past week kicked off the first official day of summer, as well as several days where many of us toiled over which friend with an air conditioner to call next, it would appear that it is also time to talk about summer reading. It seems to be viewed as a time when we …

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Teaching Second Language Reading 

Title: Teaching Second Language Reading Author: Thom Hudson Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007 Call Number: P53.75 .H83 2007 From the Publisher: This book examines a variety of approaches from classrooms and research that are used for teaching reading, and explores teaching methods focused on strategies. About the Author: Thom Hudson, Professor of Second Language Studies …

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Best Book I Never Finished: Atlas Shrugged 

Why "Atlas Shrugged"? My classmate kept writing "Who is John Galt?" all over the student lounge in undergrad. This annoyed me. So, I looked up the reference and found it was from "Atlas Shrugged." I heard of the book and decided I would pick it up. Fortunately, my boss gave me his used copy the …

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Revisiting an old good book: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson Where I got the book: I’ve been re-reading old paperbacks on my bookshelf at home one by one, so I grabbed this off my own shelf.  (Our bookshelves are organized by color of spine, not by author or subject (gasp!) and so right now, I’m reading through …

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What I read when I’m not… reading 

The Surrendered, and Into the Wild To complete my degree in Library and Information Science, I am working on a Capstone, for which I need to do a lit review.  For this, I’ve been reading lots of articles, mainly on open access institutional repositories, and faculty contribution rates.  I’ve discovered that the more reading I …

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The Novel: An Alternative History 

Title: The Novel: An Alternative History (Beginnings to 1600) Author: Steven Moore Publisher: Continuum, 2011 Call Number: PN3451 .M66 2010g From the Publisher: Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to …

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On Reading, Good Writing and Being Grateful 

Have you ever read a book so good, so well-written that you wanted to hug it? Maybe you slept with it tucked safely under your pillow? Every word in every paragraph on every page was the most beautiful, truest part of a whole you could ever imagine? I'm pretty sure we have all been there. …

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Marginal Worries 

Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins is a rather alarmist New York Times article about the preservation of marginalia in physical books and bemoaning the lack of character in the notes of the scary digital future. It’s all well to write a nostalgic article about the emotional clout of historical objects, …

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Books to movies… 

There is a rule in my house - you cannot watch a movie that is based on a novel or short-story without having read the text first. Initially it was so that my kids would read, and would put reading first-  so that it inculcated them with the idea that text allows for it's own …

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What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy 

"Gee astutely points out that for video game makers, unlike schools, failing to engage children is not an option." – Review Title: What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy Author: James Paul Gee Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 Check it out! GV1469.3 .G44 2007 From the publisher:A controversial look …

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Goodreads: Social Networking for Readers 

Sometimes, I find myself totally overwhelmed by the vast range of books we have from which to choose. Should I catch up on classics? Or is it better to stay on the cutting edge?  Fiction or nonfiction? Should I judge a book by its cover? And it is easy to forget which books we have …

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Books up to here: childhood adventures at the library 

"So how many books are you going to get today, Veronica?" my mother would ask as she opened the door to let me out of the car, my hands digging through my little blue and pink purse searching for the library card I was so proud to have.  "Up to here," I'd reply, placing my …

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Bedtime stories and book reports 

Title: Bedtime stories and book reports : connecting parent involvement and family literacy Author: Catherine Compton-Lilly & Stuart Greene (eds.) Publisher: New York: Teachers College Press, c2011 Call no.: LB1048.5 .B436 2011 From the Publisher: This book brings together the newest research on parent involvement and family literacy--two strands of research that rarely exist in …

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Snow and Books 

Snow is an odd form of precipitation - its lumpy yet its light, its soft yet its bitingly cold... it makes me wanna run out into it and make a snowman or hide under a nice warm blanket reading a good book. Perhaps its that time of the year again but i find myself following …

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Building Reading Comprehension Habits 

Title: Building reading comprehension habits in grades 6-12 : a toolkit of classroom activities  Author :  Jeff Zwiers   Publisher: Newark, DE : International Reading Association Call number: LB1632 .Z95 2010 From the Publisher: This book offers middle school and high school teachers in all curricular areas research-based, innovative activities to strengthen students’ reading comprehension. The activities …

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Classroom reading assessments 

Title: Classroom reading assessments : more efficient ways to view and evaluate your readers Author: Frank Serafini Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2010. Check it out! LB1050.46 .S47 2010 From the publisher: Frank Serafini helps you open windows into students’ invisible mental processes as they select books, read and make sense of them, and respond …

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Holiday Data Snapshot 

I was browsing our site analytics today and I thought it'd be fun to share a little snippet of data. Here is a table with information on pageviews over the past month (12/14/2010 to 1/13/2011), by author: Analysis Now, our Pressible publishing project isn't a contest, but... it's kind of fun to see how different …

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Resolve to read more with Instapaper 

Happy New Year to all patrons and friends of the Gottesman Libraries! Hopefully, at least some of you have made the resolution to read more this year. Of course, the wide world of the Internet is full of quality reading material: breaking news, long-form journalism, blogs, personal websites, and more. In fact, it's easy to …

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Writing Workshop 

I attended some writing workshops held by Teachers College Reading Writing Project. I thought I share with the educators whom I work with one of the workshops that I found very interesting (in italics are my personal thoughts). The one here is called “Writing Clubs: Making Writing Social and Interactive, presented by Annie Taranto. The …

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