The Importance of Reading during the Coronavirus Pandemic

We’re all going a little stir-crazy these days, even though we’re only in the early stages of coronavirus lockdown and just learning how best to practice social distancing. We’re being told not to gather in groups larger than 10 people, and that means businesses, movie theaters, restaurants, and even schools and libraries are being shut … Continue reading “The Importance of Reading during the Coronavirus Pandemic”


Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues

A short time ago, we discussed Dolly Parton’s creation of the Imagination Library program in 1995. The non-profit program, underwritten by local libraries and other community institutions, provides one free book a month to children from newborns to five years old. From its small start in Sevier County, where Parton grew up, the Library has grown … Continue reading “Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues”


Real-Time Language Change

We spent a good part of last year looking at how writing — and therefore reading — changed since its inception thousands of years ago till the present day (for links to all those blogs, click here). What’s interesting now, is there is at least one language that is changing in real-time, the language of Laos. The … Continue reading “Real-Time Language Change”


Book/Reading-Related New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s comes with a slew of resolutions — often about money or diet — that somehow don’t last past a few weeks, or at most a month. Why not change that up this year and make some reading/book resolutions that will keep you engaged to the end of the year and probably beyond? Here … Continue reading “Book/Reading-Related New Year’s Resolutions”


Trends in Reading

As our blog staff takes the week off to celebrate the holidays with our families, we thought you might find this article from the December 24 edition of the Washington Post interesting: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/11-trends-that-changed-the-way-we-read-this-decade/2019/12/24/fb251fb6-21bf-11ea-86f3-3b5019d451db_story.html Much has changed in reading over the past decade, and as we’re about to head into a new year and a new … Continue reading “Trends in Reading”


Study Skills Part 3 – Time Management

Time management is not only a skill that’s important while you’re attending school, but it’s one that carries over in to every aspect of your life. Every day we face an array of schedules, meetings, deadlines, household chores, and a whole host of other events we need to contend with; if we don’t plan our … Continue reading “Study Skills Part 3 – Time Management”


Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 1

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers. The interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff on June 27, 2019, and it is divided into two parts. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.] MR: Welcome to the … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 1”


Authors, Developing Words – Stephen King

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Stephen King”


Charting Progress in AceReader

Now that the new school year is almost upon us, teachers planning their lessons may wonder how AceReader’s Assessment Tests can help them determine how much their students will improve their reading fluency skills over the course of the next academic semester or year, as well as how they will be able to demonstrate the … Continue reading “Charting Progress in AceReader”


Authors, Developing Words – Rhett Bruno, Part 1

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers. The interview with Mr. Bruno was conducted by Miriam Ruff on June 6, 2019, and is divided in two parts. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.] MR: Welcome to … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Rhett Bruno, Part 1”