For more than 50 years, National Library Week has highlighted the importance of libraries. Libraries and librarians play a crucial role in promoting reading and literacy. Although teachers often focus on teaching children how to read and building their general reading skills, it is libraries that help foster a love for reading, connecting children with books and communicating the importance of books to parents and the community.
In honor of National Library Week, USC Rossier decided to highlight five infographics that also promote literacy. Happy reading!
1. Which Books Should You Read This Summer?
Summer is the time to relax on the beach or curl up in the hammock with a good book. When students are not in school, reading is often the last thing on their mind, but research shows that reading during the summer is crucial. Instead of simply reading books assigned through a summer reading program, this infographic helps students find high-quality books that appeal to their literary tastes.
2. Teaching Us to Read Again
Approximately half of 18 to 24 year olds do not read for pleasure and one in five adults has not read a book all year, but the rising popularity of e-books and e-readers has the potential to change that. Teaching Us to Read Again focuses on the importance of reading regularly and highlights how e-readers and e-books are getting people to read again. While an e-reader may not have the same feel as reading a traditional book, the rising percentage of Americans who own e-readers and the decreasing cost of e-books hint at a new way to get people of all ages to read.
3. The Most Loved Children’s Books
Authors such as Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak and Margaret Wise Brown have delighted children for decades, so it is no surprise their books are listed as some of the most loved children’s books. The Most Loved Children’s Books infographic highlights classic authors, but also recognizes modern contributions to children’s fiction. Additionally, it introduces some startling facts about the availability of books in low-income communities versus middle-income communities and how a lack of reading skills has the potential to affect a child’s entire life.
4. The DNA of a Successful Book
In order to promote literacy, librarians need to understand what people are reading. The DNA of a Successful Book focuses on e-readers and what users are choosing to read with them. While the classics are still high-quality options, this infographic highlights a change in reading behavior and the new ways in which these readers select and access books.
5. The Top 10 Most Read Books in the World
There is a reason some books continue to interest readers. The Top 10 Most Read Books in the World shows the books that readers return to again and again. And while it may not be surprising that the Bible is the most read book in the world, some of the other books that make the top10 may surprise you. In fact, many of them have not been around enough to be considered classic pieces of literature!
When it comes to promoting literacy, these five infographics can help librarians understand not only the importance of reading, but how and what people choose to read. A library’s role is more than simply highlighting bestseller and pieces of classic literature. Librarians must work to connect patrons with books that help them develop a love for reading and encourage them to want to read more, as well as provide them with opportunities and incentives to make reading a regular part of their daily lives. Hopefully the infographics above can also help in a small way.