Adult Reading

Adult Reading

Adult Reading

Adult Reading

Excerpt

In a world in which the adult is hard put to cope with the ideas that strive for and require his attention, reading remains the single most important form of communication available to him and the most effective tool for his continuing education. There are, of course, other forms of communication. Beginning with 1900, various communication media have come along to stand beside the book, either as competitor or ally, but the book holds the leading position it has occupied for hundreds of years. There's good reason to feel, as President Dodds of Princeton University observed at the National Book Committee's 1955 Conference on American Books Abroad, that "books will remain the best visual aids to education."

Our concerns in this yearbook are with the adult reader and the several agencies that have an interest in and a responsibility for adult reading. In this picture, the largely unknown element is the adult reader. Something is known of why he reads what he reads when he does read. But our knowledge is made up of many fragments, all of which when pieced together do not produce a clear picture of the adult reader. We get, instead, an image that stands out imperfectly with only some of the features clear and distinct.

Those concerned with adult reading have accepted the responsibility, laid upon them by society, to help the individual in his efforts to improve himself through reading according to his own desires and his own motivations. These include the schools which prepare for adulthood and where the individual begins to learn how to read and where habits and desires may be inculcated that will lead to a lifetime reliance upon reading. The home is important, because, best of all, books and reading can here be made a socially acceptable and desirable part of everyday living. In this company, too, are the makers of books, including authors with the skills of communication and the publishers who bring books into physical existence. Included, also, are the persons who devote their skills to making . . .

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