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Promoting Reading in the United States of America

Digital Footsteps to Early Literacy

The topic Early Literacy seems to become more and more important amongst literacy advocates. However, knowledge about the role of early language exposure to academic success is not a new one.

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Basic Literacy Skills for Adults Via Video Clips

A lease, an atlas, a newspaper article, instructions in work settings, campaign posters – all those quite important reading materials might be a struggle to comprehend for adults with basic reading skills day in and day out.

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Teaching Students to Distinguish Fact From Fiction

Promoting reading might just be the first step in literacy work. Learning to read – critically – might be the next crucial step as we all seem to be bombarded by news, information, opinions, advertisements, PR and misinformation many hours per day via websites, blogs, social networks, television, radio, print and other media.

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Collecting Books for African Libraries

The UNESCO estimates that 38 percent of adult Africans are illiterate. In many sub-Saharan African countries, literacy rates are below 50 percent. However, literacy is at the core of education and basic skills needed to meet the challenges of life.

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Buying Books for a Better World


What to do with textbooks after graduation? Some people try to sell them to a local academic bookstore for little money. Most people simply throw them away. College friends Xavier, Kreece and Jeff had a better idea.

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The Underground New York Public Library


We are all fascinated by stories. Children love listening to stories. We love stories as adults. We love telling stories, and we all are involved in our very own stories, too. Stories transport cultural knowledge, give us advice, open up fresh perspectives and reveal meaning. We might identify with the stories' characters and relate to them. Also, stories serve to slip into another world for a short period of time, away from the "real" world we currently live in.

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E-Readers Help Elderly in the Silver E-Read Project

A recent study undertaken by researchers from the German Johann Gutenberg University Mainz in collaboration with MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH found no disadvantages to reading from e-books compared to print publications, despite most participants subjectively preferred reading traditional books best.

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Dogs Are Men's Best Listeners

You might have seen this kind of scene somewhere: a child with a book sitting on the floor, a dog laying next to it with the head on the child’s lap. It seems to be listening to the child that reads aloud. Dogs cannot read. Of course. And that is why there are a couple of children out there who read to dogs, right? So that they can get the story. To help dogs. Well, maybe it is the other way round. Dogs helping children, that is. To help struggling children learning to read.

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Variability in Learning Phonic Skills

Many educators have long believed that when words differ on only one sound, early readers can learn the rules of phonics by focusing on what is different between the words. This is thought to be a critical gateway to reading words and sentences. But scientists at the University of Iowa are turning that thinking on its head.

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Intergenerational penpals write about books

Connecting young library visitors with elderly people at the Clare Oaks Retirement Community in Bartlett. With this idea in mind started the youth librarian Kimberley Gotches the project Pages Across the Ages at the Bartlett Public Library. Bartlett is an U.S. American town located in Illinois.

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National Center for Family Literacy, USA

The ability to read is the key to success. Children learn this most of all within the familiar home environment. This is the foundation stone for educational and economic success. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) works on the basis of this fact and supports the promotion of literacy and numeracy skills.

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Encouraging Boys to Read

Guys Read is an internet platform that is intended to encourage boys to read. Scientific studies show that boys especially have trouble with reading and are hard to motivate, and that over time, their reading skills can even deteriorate.

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„Librarian in Residence“ - Weblog of the library of the Goethe-Institut New York

http: / / blog.goethe.de / librarian /

Banner-WeblogSince June 2008, the Goethe Institute New York hosts a weblog for the exchange of experiences, ideas and impressions regarding library landscapes in the United States of America and in Germany. During their stay in the United States, the German scholarship holders of the “Librarian in Residence” programme regularly report their [ ... ]  

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http: / / www.everybodywins.org

Logo_of_EverybodywinsWhen you read with a child… “EVERYBODY WINS!“ is a US American non-profit organisation that started in 1981 as a network of adult volunteers with employees reading to elementary school children from lower income families in a one-on-one situation once a week during their lunchtime. The network now exists in 16 US states and Washington D.C., and while the idea of [ ... ]  

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The USA – "a nation of avid readers"?

An essay

Anette Zerpner

The American Way of Life and a lively reading culture – do these go together? Annette Zerpner’s travel report from daily life in the United States of America proves that these often go along very well indeed. The author was awarded the first prize of the Dietrich Oppenberg media award 2008 for her enlightening positioning of book culture in a society marked by social and political antagonisms.
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Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)

http: / / www.RIF.org

Founded in 1966, RIF is the oldest and largest children`s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. All RIF programs combine three essential elements to foster children`s literacy: reading motivation, family and community involvement, and the [ ... ]  

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National Children`s Reading Foundation

http: / / www.readingfoundation.org

The first Reading Foundation was formed in 1996 to support students in Benton-Franklin Counties attain the high standards required by Washington`s Educational Reform Act of 1993. The five citizen founders recognized that if students didn`t have strong reading skills they could not be successful in school and couldn`t fairly represent their knowledge on assessments. Eight neighboring school districts were founding members of the first Reading Foundation. The original design was based on the writing of [ ... ]  

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Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA)

http: / / www.folusa.org / index.php

The mission of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) is to motivate and support state and local library support groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries, and to create awareness and appreciation of library services by assisting in developing Friends groups in order to generate local and state support. FOLUSA provides guidance, education, and counsels on issues and concerns relevant to Friends, Trustees, Foundations and Libraries. Friends of Libraries U.S.A. promote the [ ... ]  

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Literacy Connections-Dutchess County

http: / / www.literacyconnections.org

„Literacy Connections - Dutchess County“ is an accredited independent affiliate of ProLiteracy America and ProLiteracy Worldwide. Literacy Connections - Dutchess County is located in New York. Using an approved tutor training method, the organization recruits and trains volunteers to provide one to one and small conversation group tutoring for people who are functionally illiterate. There is no cost for tutoring services. The program is student centered, which means that the student helps to set [ ... ]  

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The Books For Kids Foundation

http: / / www.booksforkids.org /

The “Books for Kids Foundation” was created in 1986 in New York. Since its beginning, the “Books for Kids Foundation” has provided children with more than 5 million books, created 56 libraries and provided literacy programs in many of these locations. Their goal is to deliver or create programs in every library. The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, [ ... ]  

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Room to Read

http: / / www.roomtoread.org

Room to Read provides children in many countries in South-East Asia as well as other countries with opportunities to read and receive a basic education, by four different programmes (setting up libraries,making books in minority/native languages available, building schools, targeting the education of girls in a specific programme). 

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

http: / / www.barbarabushfoundation.com /

“The home is the child`s first school,
the parent is the child`s first teacher,
and reading is the child`s first subject.“
Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush, wife of former US president George H. W. Bush Senior, founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989. Ever since, the foundation has supported the conception and conduct of family literacy Programmes in the United States. In the first twenty-one years, ca. 37 million US-Dollars were donated to [ ... ]  

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