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I'm happy to announce that the collection of papers that I've been editing with my colleagues Kjell-Ivar Skerdingstad, Lynne McKechnie and Knut Oterholm will be forthcoming in late spring/early summer 2016 (fingers crossed!). The collection, "Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory/Practice/Politics"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Reading Spaces
Nicole Dalmer and I wrote and submitted a short overview for a SAGE Encyclopedia project on Aging, a project that was subsequently cancelled by the publisher. We will rework the encyclopedia entry in future publications, but we've decided to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Reading Spaces
March 9, 2015 UPDATE: Call for participants is now closed. Thanks to everyone who got in touch -- we've been overwhelmed by your support! Who: Public Librarians Working Primarily with Children and/or Teens (within the past 5 years) What: Conversational... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Reading Spaces
It is always a pleasure to share reading research (plans and findings and sometimes failures) with members of the Ontario Library Association at the Readers' Advisory in a Day symposium. Always assured of a smart and engaged audience, and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Reading Spaces
I had the unanticipated pleasure of a member's preview of the new (and largest) exhibition of Alex Colville's work today when I visited the AGO. Like many people, I suspect, I knew many of Colville's paintings, and might even have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Reading Spaces
A Walk Through a Window by kc dyer A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
A copy of the document circulated in class during Week 2: Download A Critical Blueprint Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
Dorothy Broderick published a very useful short article called "How to Write a Fiction Annotation" Voice of Youth Advocates (February 1993), p. 333. Mary K. Chelton revised it for a Reader's Advisory Workshop (How to Write a Reader's Annotation). Both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
We'll be presenting highlights from our research at the upcoming Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Our session runs from 10:40 - 12:00 on Thursday, January 30, Session #402. My co-presenters, and fellow members of the informal group on Researching The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Reading Spaces
Here's the YALSA flyer I mentioned in class. Available from the YALSA website at: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/professionaltools/Handouts/ParentFlyer.pdf Download ParentFlyer Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
I will put a copy of "The Tech-Savvy Booktalker" A Guide for 21st Century Educators" by Nancy J. Keane and Terence W. Cavanagh on hold in the GRC. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
I've updated my shared RefWorks list of books on book talks and booktalking. These titles are held by Western Libraries. You may need to login to your Refworks account to access this. Let me know if you can't access it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Young Adult Materials
An interesting booklist compiled by "older people". Who are these older people? How old is older? From The Reading Agency, funded by Arts Council England, and an ally to public libraries "because of the way they open up access to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Reading Spaces
For the past few months I've been reading various works on the social contexts of "old age" and the social worlds of "older people". It's still early days for me in terms of where I may go with all of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Reading Spaces
By Catherine Johnson, Associate Prof in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, "Public Libraries' Contribution to Community Social Capital." excerpt: "Having a place to go - especially in poorer neighbourhoods - that is... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Reading Spaces
Riding Invisible by Sandra Alonzo, illustrated by Nathan Huang Hyperion: New York. 2010. isbn: 978-1423119777 This is a quick read and is suitable for a wide audience of readers including young readers who may be more reluctant or resistant to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Reading Spaces
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Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 2:30. Visual Arts Centre 100. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Reading Spaces
via Bookhouse Banter and Readin' Stuff Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Young Adult Materials
via Cassie's Adventures in Young Adult Literature (Cassie and Ira) Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Young Adult Materials
there are two trailers for this one. See via kicktheburningbag and Elderly Children's Literature or Sarah Reads YA Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Young Adult Materials
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Young Adult Materials