chapter  8
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Effective Practices in Reading Promotion and Literacy Development

What works when it comes to effective reading promotion activities? What are some of the ways in which librarians support youth and adults in their literacy development? What have other libraries done to attract more users to the library? These questions are often at the forefront when librarians set out to use their library resources successfully. It is great to have plenty of books on the shelves, but it is much more important to get those books into the hands of users so that they can enjoy them and learn from them. The 11 libraries from 6 continents that we have been profiling in this book all provide some interesting practices that have worked well for them, and this chapter will look across these programs and highlight some of their examples. We have also drawn from our personal experiences and have combed the general professional literature to include other practices that have proven effective.