Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read … and the movies and TV shows we watch by Julie Beck

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/what-was-this-article-about-again/551603/ This, fascinating article, reminds us that memory takes effort (for most of us).  Since the time of Socrates there has been debate as to whether the written word is a good thing or not.  Often while we are reading and understanding what we are reading we, falsely, believe that we will later recall what […]

Librarians guide readers by interest not level

http://www.slj.com/2017/10/literacy/fountas-pinnell-say-librarians-guide-readers-interest-not-level/ The creators of the “F&P Text Level Gradient™” state that their system should be used as a tool to help guide students to books with an appropriate amount of challenge. “We designed the F&P Text Level Gradient™ to help teachers think more analytically about the characteristics of texts and their demands on the reading […]

10 Best University Libraries

https://www.purewow.com/travel/best-university-libraries?utm_medium=email&utm_source=national&utm_campaign=24817&utm_content=Home_and_Garden_editorial This article is sub-titled Prettiest University Libraries. The 10th is a school where the library doubles as a dorm, this design library is pretty and apparently huge. The 9th is at the University of Chicago, with its stone walls this imposing structure is reminicent of an old castle. 8 is the library named after […]

4 Witchy Books To Look Out For This Fall by S. Zainab Williams

https://bookriot.com/2017/09/01/witchy-books-fall/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Riot%20Rundown&utm_term=BookRiot_TheRiotRundown_Sun  Halloween is just around the corner, I cannot wait to read myself into the spirit. Akata witch series, now I have to find a new series to get addicted to.  The first book is about a Teen New Yorker transplanted in Nigeria where she is bullied by her classmates.  She finds friends and her […]

How Audiobooks Made Me Appreciate Non-Fiction by Yaika Sabat

https://bookriot.com/2017/08/29/audiobooks-nonfiction?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Riot%20Rundown&utm_term=BookRiot_TheRiotRundown_Sun This is a good article to introduce you to a new format, or rather an old format that you might not have considered before.  This author has trouble reading non-fiction books.  Not that she lacks the desire, interest, or intellectual capacity, they just tend to be a bit dry and hard to get through.  […]

Thirteen Reasons Why Censorship Won’t Help by Amy Diegelman

http://bookriot.com/2017/05/30/thirteen-reasons-why-censorship-wont-help/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=062617%20What%27s%20Up%20in%20YA?&utm_term=BookRiot_WhatsUpInYA This article begins in a fascinating manner, where an individual who is staunchly against censorship admits that a book disturbed her enough that she had to carefully consider her opinions.  The book in question almost seems to romanticize/justify a suicide. Ultimately she realized that pulling the book would not end the behavior.  The behavior […]

How Ancient Legends Gave Birth To Modern Superheroes

http://io9.gizmodo.com/how-ancient-legends-gave-birth-to-modern-superheroes-1792144697?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow This article is a review of the book “The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger” By Jess Nevins. After the introduction an excerpt from the book is presented, this excerpt begins the exploratory process of this text by challenging all ‘definitions’ of superheroes.  A bit dry for what most people would think of as a […]