- Access to school and public libraries is considered one of the strongest factors in reading improvement after Grade 4.
- However, the same study found a negative correlation between reading achievement and total hours of reading instruction.
Libraries are some of my favorite places. I caught the reading bug at a young age though summer reading programs at my own public library. I sure wish I could go more often. I think libraries are feeling the impact of fewer visitors too. The lead photo is actually of the library in my hometown. The sign doesn’t seem to desperate, does it? I hope not. I recently re-watched one of my favorite lectures by Stephen Krashen, a staunch advocate of public libraries and free voluntary reading in the classroom. The lecture is about an hour long, and I highly recommend taking the time to watch it at some point. One key study (Krashen, Lee, & McQuillan, 2012) mentioned in this video cites two interesting factors in reading achievement.