That’s right – I said reading revolutions, not reading resolutions! (Though I confess that the fresh start promises of a brand new year are certainly a nice prompt for reflections on the power of reading.)
If you’ve clicked on a link to a blog on a public library’s website, chances are you already think that reading is important. But have you ever considered that reading might change the world? Educator/activists Myles Horton and Paulo Freire sure did, as they linked literacy development to our collective ability to understand our world, participate in positive change and improve the life that we share together. (You can learn more about Horton and Freire in the online research tool Biography in Context, available via the Research tab on our website.)
You don’t need to be the leader of a social movement to effect positive change through reading. Even the smallest change in reading habits can open new windows to the world, broaden perspectives and create ripples of change that strengthen relationships and help us to grow together as families and neighbors.
Here are a few examples of ways to revolutionize your reading:
- Explore a genre or format you’ve never read before. Graphic novels not your style? You might be surprised by the great variety of fiction and non-fiction in graphic formats. Do you only read non-fiction? Try a science fiction, fantasy or a mystery/thriller novel. Do you never read non-fiction? A biography could be just the place to start. Encountering a different way of sharing stories and information can be a great way to open your mind and discover new perspectives. The NoveList Plus tool is a super resource for exploring genres and formats.
- Read articles from a news or current affairs magazine that represents a political position that is different from your own. The Library subscribes to both The Nation (which leans liberal) and The National Review (which leans conservative), as well as more centrist news/current affairs magazines such as The Atlantic and The Economist. Perhaps encountering in-depth reflection and analysis from a different political viewpoint might create room for common ground when conversations with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers get political.
- Focus on diversity – get to know your neighbors in Kitsap County and around the world by exploring literature written by authors of color, Native American authors and writers from across the globe. We Need Diverse Books has tons of great resources for diverse children’s and YA literature. For grown folks, the sites and lists below – which are just the tip of the iceberg! – might be a great place to start:
As always, anyone on the Library team will be delighted to assist you in your efforts explore new reading territory. Are you ready to revolutionize your reading? Let’s throw some windows open together and discover who we can be.