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World Read Aloud Day takes place on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Kirkwood is participating by holding a read-aloud-athon from 11 am – 1 pm in the area outside The Cafe in Iowa Hall. Get the flyer here.

Why read aloud to college students, you might ask? Isn’t reading out loud just for kids?

  1. There are “hidden benefits” to reading aloud regardless of age – including exposure to new ideas, discovery of new ways of thinking, an appreciation for language, cultural awareness, and an opportunity to just immerse yourself in the joy of one of the oldest means of human knowledge transmission – stories spoken out loud.
  2. Many Kirkwood students are parents themselves – or may be some day. We all benefit from reminders of the importance of reading children, our own or those of others.
  3. Why not celebrate the gift of literacy? After all, reading out loud is fun. Living in a first world country, we forget that literacy is, for many, not a right but a privilege.  litworld.org, who attribute this fact to UNESCO,  say that  “According to the latest data (2009), 793 million adults – two thirds of them women – lack basic reading and writing skills. Included in this statistic are 127 million youth aged 15 – 24. (UNESCO)”

We hope you’ll join us for this event. Questions? Contact your librarians.

Happy reading!

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