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Issue 34 - 03 | With Books Falling From the Sky: A Discourse on Literacy

By Roxanne Coady
Published May 9, 2007 8:48 p.m.
49% percent of the adult population of the United States reads below a sixth-grade level and has difficulty navigating such common demands as reading job applications, ATM screens, and outpatient care instructions. In this evocative manifesto, Roxanne Coady calls for change and suggests how you can improve the lives of others through promoting literacy in your community.

About Roxanne Coady | Roxanne Coady founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, 16 years ago, creating a business that is recognized as a national leader among independent booksellers. Publisher’s Weekly selected R.J. Julia Booksellers as “Bookseller of the Year” in 1995, and the store continues to strive to be an exceptional model of best practices for independent booksellers. The store works to enhance the community and promote the notion that a book can change a life. In 2006, Ms. Coady co-edited the book, The Book That Changed My Life and appears regularly on National Public Radio. In 1996, Ms. Coady founded, and continues to chair, the Read to Grow Foundation, which in partnership with urban hospitals throughout Connecticut, provides books and literacy information to tens of thousands of children and families each year.

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