Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Detroit Public Library

                   March/April 2014


In This Issue

Forbes Article

Comerica Java & Jazz

2014 African American Booklist

Download eBooks and Audiobooks

2014 Comerica Java & Jazz

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Money Smart Week

Main Library - Cass Entrance





How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem


We have a reading problem in the United States.  It's not that people aren't reading: in fact the Pew Research Center reports that 76% of adults have read a book in the past year.  Even kids are reading - and some studies suggest that millennials are more likely to read literature than previous generations.  The problem is choice.  Readers are drowning in books.


Too Many Books,  

Not Enough Time


11,022 books were published in 1950.  That number may sound quaint today, but it's still a large number.  Read one book a week for sixty years, and you'll still leave two-thirds of those titles untouched.  Consider then, the jaw-dropping 978,701 titles Bowker told me were published or self-published in 2012.   There's some double counting in that number (print and eBook copies of the same title have separate ISBNs) but it is terrifying, nonetheless.


 The influence of bookstores has changed appreciably since Borders bankruptcy: just 20% of frequent readers say they found their last book from a bookstore in 2012, down dramatically from 32% in 2010 according to Peter Hildick-Smith at the Codex Group. (Contrary to popular belief, bookstores are not disappearing en masse.  Publisher's Weekly reports 12,703 bookstores in 2013 versus census data counting 12,751 bookstores and news dealers in 2002).


Online retailers like Amazon have not filled this gap.  Just 7% of readers found their last book at an online retailer: a number that has barely budged in the last three years.  Read More 











Detroit Reads


Why you should read ...

Reading equals self-confidence, empowerment,better health and economic growth.




Adult Literacy Services @ the Detroit Public Library

  • Literacy skills assessment
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • GED and TABE preparation
  • Computer skills training
  • Tutor training and certification
  • Learner practice kits
  • Resources for literacy service providers
  • Books to improve your reading, writing and comprehension skills

Learn to Read/Improve 
Your Reading Skills

Do you want to learn to read, or become a better reader?


Our tutoring is free. The books are free.



At the Detroit Public Library  

we can help you:

  • To become a better reader
  • Learn to read
  • Have a tutor meet with you for two hours, one day per week
  • You choose the time and day the tutoring takes place

For more information or to become a tutor click here.



2014 African American Booklist is Now Available at A Detroit Public Library Location Near You ... Get Yours Today!





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Did You Know You Can Download Books at the Detroit Public Library?   



The Detroit Public Library subscribes to OverDrive Digital Media, which provides access to eBooks and audiobooks on a wide variety of portable devices and e-readers.   


We invite you to browse the library's website for your favorite title, check out with a valid library card, and download to your PC, Mac®, or mobile devices.


To get started users must install free software ...  


For audiobooks -

Music, and video: OverDrive® Media Console™.

To read eBooks -

Users will need Adobe® Digital Editions


Click here to browse available books.
















Next Concert

Ed Stone

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.

Jazz guitarist Ed Stone has released his third CD "King Of Hearts."  This CD continues to demonstrate Stone's strong skills in song writing, arranging and producing.  Ed says,  "my songs are written to excite thinking patterns and personal reflection about life's possibilities."







Straight Ahead Concert Recap      

















Next Discussion Event:

Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1:00 PM 














Forwarded by Midtown Alliance

And by 3rd Precinct Police/Community Relations Council

Per Leslie Malcolmson




"The question is not 'Can you make a difference?'  You already do make a difference.

It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet."

– Julia Butterfly Hill 


Hill is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, 1,000-year-old California Redwood tree for 738 days between December 10, 1997 to December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, affectionately known as "Luna," to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down.  


I will remember Troy Davis…..

I will remember Trayvon Martin…..

I will remember Rachel Corrie…..


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