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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Day to Read 2009!

Please scroll down for my Fun and Music Monday...

We're doing it again!

Do what, you may ask...

Well SMID started this brilliant idea last year by asking fellow bloggers the following favor --

On Jan. 10, 2008, let us take time to READ.

Read anything you wish to read...

but haven't taken the time to,

...a book...

a magazine...

a newspaper...

what have you!

After it's successful launch last year (which was actually this year!) Day to Read is back and hopefully with more participants this time! And yes, Mariposa...who is a book enthusiast...and can't seem to get herself off from anything that she can joining again!

January 8, 2009!

Please mark your calendar...

And let's do it again!

I invite you ALL to join this wonderful initiative...

SMID has many reasons when she started this Day to Read;

Because according to a report released last year reading books is linked to civic engagement. This National Endowment for the Arts reports that young folks aren't reading like they used to. Get this:
  • only 30% of 13-year-olds read almost every day

  • the number of 17-year-olds who never read for pleasure increased from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004 - that is 1 in 5 kids don't read for fun

  • Almost half of Americans between ages 18 and 24 never read books for pleasure

  • The average person between ages 15 and 24 spends 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day watching TV and 7 minutes reading

According to Diane Gioia, the Chair of the NEA,

"The poorest Americans who read did twice as much volunteering and charity work as the richest who did not read. The habit of regular reading awakens something inside a person that makes him or her take their own life more seriously and at the same time develops the sense that other people's lives are real."
Where ever we are in the world, I guess there is a universal decline in people's interest to I hope each of us will pull the stats up comes January next year!

January 8, 2009 turn off your computer and read...something, anything...then on Friday, January 9th, share to us what you read!

It will be fun, promise!


Momisodes said...

This is such a wonderful idea! I still have time today (although I didn't turn my computer off) to read. Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

It is really sad that so few people read books. You can't say anything note worthy about there parents. Parental neglect.

Anonymous said...

I researched and did a whole thing about how people's reading levels are lowering and what not. I don't remember where I posted it, I'm pretty sure I still have it on my computer.

And of course, I read constantly. I've been kind of slouching lately but still reading. There's a stack of new issues of magazines I have yet to go into, and right now I'm reading "The Last of the Mohicans." I haven't forgotten about your review on "Veronika Decides to Die.". I will read it soon.