Magazine article American Libraries

Tell Us a Story

Magazine article American Libraries

Tell Us a Story

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There's nothing quite so satisfying as a good story well told. We all tell stories, and libraries are the best places in the world to share them. With a growing national trend toward taking advantage of the cultural and literary programs, personalized professional learning assistance, and community social hub that good libraries offer their constituents, it's still all about stories.

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In this issue of American Libraries, Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, explains why libraries have always been at the core of this extraordinary ongoing oral history project. Previewing his AL-sponsored program at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in June, Isay notes, "If we take the time to listen, we'll find wisdom, wonder, and poetry in the stories of the people all around us."

In "A Literature of Risk," young adult literature expert Michael Cart offers a preview of his forthcoming ALA Editions title, YoungAdult Literature: From Romance to Realism, tying adolescent wellness to reading good stories that inspire empathy.

In "From Children's Literature to Readers Theatre," Elizabeth Poe explains how her forthcoming ALA Editions book of the same name fosters readers theater as a tool for librarians in teaching literacy skills and the importance and power of literature to help children develop an understanding of the world they live in.

Major studies and reports released in March and April and summarized in this issue support what we already know about the growing need for library services. …

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