In this episode, Aisilyn and William provide a new reader’s rundown and discuss six new arrivals including, Five Survive by Holly Jackson, The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacey Schiff, and The Last Chairlift by John Irving. The two then discuss the unique challenges of reading in 2023 – specifically why many of us often don’t read as much as we would like to. Yes, technology is a major factor. Aisilyn and William go over Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” share their own experiences with regards to technology and reading, react to some statistics, and examine a library program that may hold the key to developing better reading habits.
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In the first episode of The Nichols Library Book Report, you’ll get to know a thing or two about the hosts, Aisilyn and William. The two provide the “Readers’ Rundown,” a segment that serves as a heads-up about recent library arrivals that they find to be especially noteworthy and important. Important books highlighted in this episode include All That She Carried by Tiya Miles and the two new novels by Cormac McCarthy. Aisilyn and William then discuss the importance of public libraries in our current times including the various services libraries provide, libraries as “social infrastructure,” how library buildings expand and renovate to meet changing needs, and how public libraries seek to provide equality in the face of various forms of inequality.