Why Kids Stop Reading for Fun by Age 9 (and What to Do About It) 

Why Kids Stop Reading for Fun by Age 9 (and What to Do About It)  https://offspring.lifehacker.com/why-kids-stop-reading-for-fun-by-age-9-and-what-to-do-1833554143 “A national reading survey by Scholastic reveals something they’re calling the “decline by nine.” According to the report, the percentage of kids defined as frequent readers—those who read books for fun five to seven days a week— drops from 57% among 8-year-olds to 35% among 9-year-olds. Between ages eight and nine, the number of kids who say they love reading plummets from 40% to 28%. What happens during this year, and more importantly, what can parents do to keep their young readers reading, willingly?” Don’t stop reading to your kids once they learn how to read Use the in-between moments Start a book club with your tween Remember that comic books are books See technology as a bridge—not a barrier—to reading Model reading... read more

New Research from University of Michigan: “Story Time Better with Print Books Than E-Books, Study Suggests”

New Research from University of Michigan: “Story Time Better with Print Books Than E-Books, Study Suggests” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2019/03/26/new-research-from-university-of-michigan-story-time-better-with-print-books-than-e-books-study-suggests/ “From Michigan Health: Picking what book to read isn’t the only choice families now make at story time – they must also decide between the print or electronic version. But traditional print books may have an edge over e-books when it comes to quality time shared between parents and their children, a new study suggests. [Clip] The research, led by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and involving 37 parent-toddler pairs, found that parents and children verbalized and interacted less with e-books than with print books. The findings appear in journal Pediatrics, which is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Shared reading promotes children’s language development, literacy and bonding with parents. We wanted to learn how electronics might change this experience,” says lead author Tiffany Munzer, M.D., a fellow in developmental behavioral pediatrics at Mott. Read the Complete... read more

You can now grab a fancy cocktail at the Boston Public Library

You can now grab a fancy cocktail at the Boston Public Library https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2019/03/19/you-can-now-grab-fancy-cocktail-boston-public-library/ODO2Jg7MC0umgSGtHvdKPL/story.html “Now you can order a cocktail with that free book. The Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Wednesday is opening its revamped Map Room cafe as a tea lounge, complete with bar seating and specialty drinks wittily named after literary greats. The lounge will also serve artisan snacks — including tartines, cheese and charcuterie boards, and desserts — as well as culinary mainstays like soups and salads.”... read more