Nothing like a Good Book to Restore Reading-for-Fun as an Essential Part of Campus Life, a Group of Colleges Is Promoting Lists of Important, Enjoyable Books

By John Tessitore, Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 1995 | Go to article overview

Nothing like a Good Book to Restore Reading-for-Fun as an Essential Part of Campus Life, a Group of Colleges Is Promoting Lists of Important, Enjoyable Books


John Tessitore, Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


COLLEGE students lead notoriously busy lives.

Only students who successfully budget their time between class work, extracurricular activities, and their social lives survive the rigors of the nation's top academic institutions. And even these masters of time management often neglect basic necessities like eating and sleeping.

In recent years, deans and professors have observed, with no small alarm, the decline of one of the most important aspects of student life, reading for pleasure. Unfortunately, with increasing demands on student time, recreational reading seems to be more a luxury than an integral part of the college experience.

Addressing this concern, a group of educators, booksellers, and publishers have created a program to resurrect recreational reading on college campuses. The program, called Think-Read, began as a publicity campaign aimed at students seeking enjoyable books to supplement their textbook readings.

Organizers have recently begun to expand Think-Read into a national program celebrating the important relationship between pleasure reading and academic life.

This month, Brown University introduced its Think-Read project to the Providence, R.I. community. (See reading list.) The Auraria Book Center in Denver is currently putting the finishing touches on its own program. Both are test projects for the National Association of College Stores (NACS), which hopes to promote Think-Read at a national level.

Think-Read was created in 1993 by Peter Gold, assistant dean of the undergraduate college at SUNY Buffalo, in response to some disheartening observations about student reading habits.

"For several years as a faculty member here, I had been continually concerned with how little students were reading," Mr. Gold says. "They often had no sense of reading except as a chore."

After several failed attempts to encourage extracurricular reading on campus, Mr. Gold issued an informal survey to professors, librarians, advisors, and administrators asking the questions, "What have you enjoyed reading? What books have been important to you, as a scholar and a person?"

The result of the survey is "The Undergraduate College List of Unrequired Reading... a September Welcome Gift to New and Returning Undergraduates." There are 48 titles on the list, one book a month for a four-year undergraduate career.

This original Think-Read list includes books as diverse as Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Charles Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle," and Rombauer and Becker's, "The Joy of Cooking."

The list was advertised on posters, bookmarks, and pamphlets distributed throughout the campus. "We wanted to surround students with the list," Gold says.

"Bookstores around here stocked the books," he adds. "We are told that the program was successful enough that some stores are still showing the posters."

The program was also successful enough to attract the attention of the NACS large-store group, another organization concerned with the role of the general book in students' lives.

Two members of that group, Gretchen Minney, director of Auraria Book Center, serving three institutions of higher learning in the Denver area, and Larry Carr, director of The Brown Bookstore in Providence, volunteered their businesses for the national program's first run.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Nothing like a Good Book to Restore Reading-for-Fun as an Essential Part of Campus Life, a Group of Colleges Is Promoting Lists of Important, Enjoyable Books
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.