Reading Away Library Fine Debt

September 3, 2021 News Editor 0

Kids who have fines in the Los Angeles County Library system can read away their debt thanks to the Great Read Away, a program that lets young library card holders read instead of paying. The program works on several levels. For one, it allows children from less affluent backgrounds the opportunity to erase late fee charges, something library administrators felt was keeping some young readers out of the library. A library debt of ten dollars […]

Want to Be A Better Friend? Read A Book!

April 23, 2019 Linda L. Richards 0

Want to be nicer, kinder and more empathetic? There’s a shortcut: be a reader. A study at London’s Kingston’s University noted that, despite the solitary nature of reading, being an avid reader leads to stronger and more positive people skills. From Peace Quarters: One might think that those who prefer to watch television would display more sociable behavior. It would make sense. Because of the massive influx of books out there, it’s more likely that […]

Feeling Down? Read.

April 3, 2019 Linda L. Richards 0

At a time when many of us are discovering the price we’ve had to pay for constant electronic connection, as a culture we are also rediscovering the slow reward brought on by reading a book. Some mental health experts even have a name for it: Bibliotherapy. Because it turns out that, along with everything else it does, reading a book is good for what ails you. From Stylist: Reading a book is one of life’s […]

Helping Kids Read and Feel Loved: Texas Principal Using Technology to Reach Kids at Home

March 21, 2019 Linda L. Richards 0

When Dr. Belinda George, principal of Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, Texas, discovered that a lot of the kids under her care didn’t have anyone to tuck them in, read them a bedtime story and tell them they were loved, she decided to do something about it. She turned to technology to create Tucked in Tuesdays, where she uses Facebook to do a livestream reading from a children’s book, sometimes even inviting authors to join […]

The Books You Haven’t Read Will Help You Live Longer

September 2, 2018 admin 0

That towering TBR pile next to your bed might help you live longer and better, that’s what experts are saying about all the books you’ve bought but haven’t yet gotten around to reading. From INC.: Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to read. […]

Science Says Reading Fiction is Good for Almost Everything

July 30, 2018 admin 0

Want to be a better human? Read a book. A recent article on NBC News’ Better lays it all out: Whether you’re the reader who rips through a new book each week or the one still slogging through that bestseller your friend recommended months ago, psychologists (and their research) say your time is being well spent. And if it’s been a while since your last date with a good book, the experts have a few […]