Triangle Literacy Council
The Triangle Literacy Council improves the lives of adults, youth, and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success.
Strengthen Basic Skills with College & Career Readiness
Improve basic reading, writing and math skills. Learn to speak English. Complete your high school education. Prepare to transition to college or enter the workforce.
WakeEd Partnership: Partners Read
Partners Read places volunteers into WCPSS elementary schools to read with developing first and second grade readers and provides books to fill students’ home libraries.
Wake Smart Start: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
The mission of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is to foster a love of reading in children and ensure that every child has books, regardless of their family’s income. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book program for ALL children.
Read and Feed
Read and Feed is an after-school literacy program that provides meals, tutoring and books to children from low-income families in Wake County.
Read a Book/International Literacy Day
Articles of Interest
Parent's Role in Promoting Reading Habits among Children: An Empirical Examination
Parents play an effective role in inculcating reading habits among their children because they are the first and main strength to boost and stimulate learning potential by developing the constant habit of reading. The major objective of this study was to know the parent's perception about the effect of leisure reading on the overall educational performance of their child and determine the parental comparative reading role in behavioral, communication and academic development of the children. The population comprised of parents of those students who were studying from 6th to 8th grades in private schools based at Lahore, Pakistan. Before visiting schools for data collection, prior permission was taken from the principals of the concerned schools. Parent's voluntarily participated in the survey. Findings of the study showed that parent's reading with their child has a positive impact on the educational attainment of their child. Parents play an equal role in b`ehavioral and communication development; however, mother play more active role in the academic development of the child as a compared father, sibling and legal guardian.
Narrative transportability, leisure reading, and genre preference in children 9–13 years old
Leisure reading behavior is a key predictor of educational success. Transportability is a trait that determines how likely an individual is to become involved in a story, and past research has suggested that involvement may be related to leisure reading behavior. However, available measures of transportability have not been validated with children or related to leisure reading. To address this gap, children 9-13 years old (N = 136) completed a revised version of the Transportability Scale. A 13-item version of the scale was found to be unidimensional, reliable, and predictive of 6% of the variance in leisure reading (above and beyond sex, age, reading ability, and student performance). Transportability was also related to genre preference and several interesting sex differences emerged. The Transportability Scale provides researchers with a psychometrically sound measure of narrative involvement to advance research on leisure reading.
Library, Library, Make Me a Match: Impact of Form-Based Readers' Advisory on Academic Library Use and Student Leisure Reading
In February 2015, a form-based readers' advisory service called Book Matchmaking was launched by a group of five staff members in the Access and Information Services (AIS) department at the University of Minnesota (U of M) Libraries. The service was intended to help library staff engage with users by learning about and encouraging their leisure reading habits and interests. Upon completing a simple online form on reading habits, participants from the university community received customized reading suggestions based on their responses. All offered reading suggestions were available for check out or as an e-book through the University Libraries, allowing the Libraries to highlight more recreational or "fun" materials available in our collections. Our data confirmed our hypothesis that participating in Book Matchmaking had a positive relationship with measurements of library use and interest in engaging with the library in the future.
Digital Reading and Reading Competence: The influence in the Z Generation from the Dominican Republic
Most Latin American countries are focused upon improving learning quality by providing schools with technological resources, as if their sole presence was enough to develop 21st Century skills. Digital reading is not an end in itself; it is a tool that a user selects, depending on the desired purpose and uses it in specific contexts. Adolescents access Internet with at least four purposes: academic, recreational, socialization and communication. This study describes said purposes in adolescents from the Dominican Republic and relates them to their reading literacy proficiency level in two educational contexts: public and private schools. The sample group included 382 students in their fourth year of secondary school (10th grade). Two instruments were used: CoLeP, based on texts from PISA, and a Scale to measure reading frequency, which classifies the four reading purposes in two formats: printed and digital. The conclusion is that most students access and use the Internet for academic purposes, regardless of the educational sector. Nevertheless, reading literacy proficiency differs significantly with students from public schools being in lower levels. This minimizes the opportunities of the most vulnerable social sectors producing reading illiterates that have high economic costs for the nation.
Strategies to Motivate Children to Engage in Leisure Reading: Qualitative Insights from Nigerian Children
Some research done in the Western world indicates that children's reading engagement is affected by certain factors and that children can be impacted in such a way that they will choose to engage in leisure reading. This paper, which arises from a study that explored the reading habits of a group of 9-12-year-olds in a book club in Nigeria, examines the factors that affected the reading engagement of the participants and suggests evidence-based strategies that could motivate children to engage in leisure reading. Through an interpretivist theoretical perspective, the study gathered data using the methods of collage making, observation, questionnaire, and interviews, and analysed them through inductive thematic analysis. Findings indicate that the participants read for pleasure, though their level of reading engagement differed. Findings also reveal that the reading engagement of all the participants may have been, in varying degrees, influenced by different factors such as the pedagogy of reading, access to reading materials, the reading environment, and the availability of social networks that support leisure reading. Insights from the study could guide on practices that strengthen children's engagement in leisure reading.