The Joys of Reading.

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I read so that I can be informed, enlightened, engaged, distracted, consumed, occupied, reminded, identified, sojourned, trained,…and educated.

I read to be informed of the past, present and future.
I read to be enlightened of happenings around me and in the world at large.
I read to be engaged at times that I seem to have too much time for too little to do.

I read to be distracted from the daily tribulations of life.
I read to be consumed in the thoughts of great minds, known and unknown.
I read to be occupied with the more important things of life.
I read to be reminded of my essence of being.

I read to be identified with the world of imagination, the world of books.
I read to be sojourned to places known and unknown to me.
I read to be trained, so that I can do things I need to do, in order to be able to do things I want to do.
I read to be …..
I read to be educated!

Why do you read?

 

Contributor:

Abdul Ghaniy Otukogbe. He is married with 3 kids, a Learning Instructor with Adult Education of ERYC, UK – with special interest in Literacy, Numeracy and Learning Disabilities.

Treasure Hunt.

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In the world of written words, your local โ€˜USED-bookโ€™ store is a treasure bank.
While it is not impossible to assume that the used-book store will not have much to offer (a far cry from the truth) – the reality is that it offers much more than just good and cheap books. It offers an intellectual experience that I always find therapeutic, relaxing and deeply satisfying.
For me, a visit to the used-book store gives an experience of satisfaction in the midst of everyday life’s challenges and demands. Searching through piles after piles of books, with some being dusty (even to the point of me sneezing), and then discovering books that remind me of my childhood, bring back the nostalgia of the years gone. At times, I discover a book that I have heard about but have not been fortunate enough to read,

โ€œOh, how I cherish my visits to the used-book store!โ€

There is also the regular experience of coming across titles by less known but very good authors. After all, in used books you find other peoples’ book choices. Any time I visit a used-book store I wonder at the amount and depth of knowledge buried in the store’s dusts – and even more at the ridiculously cheap prices.
For me, my love for used-book stores is insatiable, because I see it as a means,โ€ฆ.. as I am an environmentally friendly person, I know used books are recycled goods, cheaper, and they fit into my budget. Most people that sell used books are just happy to see these books passed on to a new owner, amongst other reasons.
Sometimes I do come across books that the previous owners had taken full ownership of it by having a stamp on it, written their name on it, or the occasional commenting on the pages of the book, giving life and meanings to the book.
Unlike most other used stuff in life, a used book contains the same content like a new one, and both books are of the same title, edition, and also written by the same author.
To me used books make the reading world go round and are a source of joy to the reader, bookseller, book donor, society and writer.
So, when next you pass by that used bookstore, pop in and go on a book hunt!

 

Contributor:

Abdul Ghaniy Otukogbe. He is married with 3 kids, a Learning Instructor with Adult Education of ERYC, UK – with special interest in Literacy, Numeracy and Learning Disabilities.

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters (Part 3)

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courtesy: theguardian.com

courtesy: theguardian.com

2. Who Should Read Aloud?

ย ย  Who should read aloud? Me! You! We all have to.

ย It is a common assumption that reading aloud is something children should do to we adults in order to show us their reading proficiencies. Perhaps we have forgotten those days of our childhood of tales by moonlight, bed time stories, and courtyard story times riddled with various moral values. Continue reading

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters.

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This is a write-up by a parent, turned teacher, as he unravels his discovery of reading aloud and its immense benefit to the child. Follow us as we learn about an interest turned into a passion.

Introduction:

โ€ I think story telling was my life. I was very curious about story telling. Even attempting to remember the first one is like trying to remember the day you were born. Iโ€™m not sure you canโ€.

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Chinua Achebe (on CNN). The Author of the classic novel: โ€œThings Fall Apartโ€.

In retrospection of a typical childhood in the part of the world where I grew up, reading has always been a thing of discomfort than comfort because when an adult sees children playing, the typical words that will come out of such an adultโ€™s mouth is โ€œe lo gbe iwe yinโ€ (yoruba) emotively meaning โ€œgo and read your booksโ€ and for children, this spelt doom. Continue reading