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Weekly Round-Up

Weekly Round-Up

Yee-haw! Welcome to the Weekly Round-up, where I lasso up the week’s latest news and rootin’-tootin’ literary articles on the Net!

Not quite ‘new’ news, but there is speculation that JK Rowling’s latest adult book could be a crime novel. (via The Guardian)

Evolved Publishing has a cool promotional event coming up tomorrow, Tuesday March 27th. For one day only, 9 of their e-books and 3 short stories will be FREE on Amazon! Check out their site for the list of titles up for grabs, and don’t miss the freebies!

In local news, the UK’s School Library Association (SLA) criticised an Ofsted report on improving literacy for failing to include school or public libraries in its recommended actions to raise standards of literacy in students. (via The Bookseller)

Agent Rachelle Gardner blogged about 8 things writers should know about Goodreads.

Dragon Choose Your Own AdventureFinally, I’m participating in this year’s Choose Your Own Adventure Bloghop, organised by Kerri Cuevas. If you enjoyed those second-person gamebooks as a kid, stop by on Thursday to read this year’s adventure. The theme: it’s the Chinese year of the dragon this year. :)

Question: How important are libraries in the drive to promote literacy in children? What impact will library closures have on literacy standards? What other factors should be looked at when seeking to improve literacy?


8 Responses to “Weekly Round-Up”

  1. Lane Diamond says:

    Thanks for the Evolved Publishing mention. We appreciate your sharing the love, and we think everyone will be able to find something they’ll enjoy.

  2. For some kids, libraries might be their only source of books.

  3. Angela Brown says:

    Because libraries are public facilities, they are open to men, women, boys and girls, readers of all ages to access books. But for quite a few, the library is also the only facility where they have access to computers. Libraries certainly can play a bigger role. More people just need to know about the benefits of their local library and encourage others to visit. I know I do.

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Too right, Angela. I myself am guilty of not visiting the local library, but for someone who normally doesn’t read, or who can’t afford books or a Kindle, the library can be an enlightening haven. Sad that so many libraries are closing here in the UK due to budget cuts.

  4. Jay Noel says:

    I heard that too about JK. I’m anxious to see how that goes!!!

  5. Arlee Bird says:

    I think libraries have a tremendous potential for promoting literacy, but I’m not sure how much they are really used by kids. I’m rather out of touch with my local library and I have two branches relatively close to where I live.

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