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Big Ideas Book Discussion: The Enchanted Hour (Webinar)

Begins 02/20/2020

The first book in the 2020 Big Ideas Book Discussion series is The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon.  A writer for the Wall Street journal, Gurdon looks at how “reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.”

From Amazon …it’s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: reading aloud consoles, uplifts, and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too…  Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families, and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away.  For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures…

In Big Ideas Book Discussions, State Library staff facilitate discussions using books outside of library management, but with plenty of application to library management. Choosing books on civic engagement, social media, customer service, presentation skills, etc. we’ll connect those ideas with public library service.

Big Ideas provides an assortment of titles for nonfiction readers, aiding in collection development and leading to good choices for local book discussion groups. We encourage participants to purchase books used throughout the Big Ideas series for local library collections.  Joint us for the next good read: The Enchanted Hour.  

Central Time
Date: 02/20/2020
Start Time: 09:30 am
End Time: 11:00 am
Credit Hours: 1.5
Instructor : Bonnie McKewon & Maryann Mori
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