Thursday, August 16, 2007

Reading at Risk

NEA's Reading at Risk reported that less than 1/2 of American Adults read literature. Full report. The report describes the benefits of reading for pleasure to the individual reader and society.

Patrick Welsh, an English teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., tells us in USA Today that his students struggle to with "required reading"and suggests that teachers “start leading kids to books that will truly engage them — and not just the classics.”

The Devereaux Library has been using the website in an attempt to lead our students “to books that will truly engage them — and not just the classics.”

Cornell University has a “New Student Reading Project” which attempts to address the problem by having the entire incoming undergraduate class read and discuss a work of literature which “stays with you. When we pick up a great book, we are entering into a new world that has been crafted and expressed in a very personal way. It is a one-on-one process that is never experienced exactly the same way by any two people, and yet the best writing can affect and move each of us in very similar ways.”

Would anyone be interested in participating in a project like the one at Cornell? Perhaps the NEA's The Big Read?

Contact me if you are interested!

Devereaux to appear on national television!

Mark your calendar! Program your video recorder! Join us at the library!

On Monday, August 20, PBS is scheduled to air the History Detectives investigation that was filmed in part at the Devereaux Library. The series is aired on South Dakota Public Television Mondays, 7 pm MDT.

Last May detective Gwen Wright and crew traveled to the Black Hills to investigate a curious letter written by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum to Lakota leader James Red Cloud. Resources at the library were used to help solve the mystery.

The main floor of the library will be open Monday evening for this event. Come join us - we’ll be watching History Detectives on the big screen.

Highlights of this episode may be viewed at