Monthly Archives: September 2013

Reading for pleasure can improve a child’s performance at school.

The University of London’s Institute of Education Children has released a study showing that:

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE).

Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown conducted the research, analyzing the reading behaviour of approximately 6,000 young people being followed by the 1970 British Cohort Study. “They looked at how often the teenagers read during childhood and their test results in maths, vocabulary and spelling at ages 5, 10 and 16.”

Apparently, the ages of 10 and 16 are the most important for cognitive development when it comes to reading for pleasure. Also, children who were read to regularly at the age of 5 performed better than teenagers (age 16) who were not read to.

Studies like these are encouraging for teachers and librarians. Particularly with September being National Library Card Month. What better incentive to sign you little one up for a library card than to encourage and foster a love of reading that will benefit them in so many ways.


Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading’, by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown, is the latest paper to be published in the CLS Working Paper Series.

Rise of the Super Library

The BBC Radio 4 is airing a two part special about libraries titled, “Our Libraries: The Next Chapter”. Episode two of Our Libraries: The Next Chapter is on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00 BST on Wednesday 11th September. You can listen here.

According to a BBC architecture critic, there are 5 “super” library buildings around the world. I’ve been to one! Although, I must say I’m surprised Seattle trumped the Library of Congress.

The Buildings

1. Seattle Public Library, USA 2004
2. Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico 2007
3. Kanazawa Umimirai, Japan 2011
4. Spijkenisse Book Mountain, Netherlands 2012
5. Library of Birmingham, UK 2013

Seattle Central Library

BookVibe Recommends Books Based on Twitter Feed

This has the potential of being either really helpful, or the most bizarre collection of recommended titles a person could ever ask for.

BookVibe is a new book recommendation website created by its parent company, Parakweet. It will gather title information through your Twitter stream, although they are also in the midst of creating the ability for the program to dig through your Facebook feed as well.

BookVibe digs through your Twitter stream to show you books being discussed by your friends (the people you follow)…We compile this for you on one handy page and send out a weekly email digest highlighting books from your book stream.

I’d be tempted to try this out with my Twitter stream actually. I normally am a fan of the Goodreads instant recommendations feed, but lately, it feels like they’ve been slacking on their algorithms, because none of their recommendations match what I am looking for based on previously read titles.