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March is National Reading Month: Grab a favorite book and dive right in

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(March 28, 2014) -- March is National Reading Month, which is a great time for you to grab your favorite book and dive right in.

Here are my top 5 books for college students to read. Find them at your library or bookstore:

  • "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. "Every American who doesn't like monarchy should read the book. It is the single text that had the most impact on the Declaration of Independence," says Linda Charnes, an expert on Shakespeare and postmodernism.
  • "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky -- a story of family intricacies and conflicts
  • "Paradise Lost" by John Milton. "An unbelievingly moving and beautiful story of why the fall of man ended up being a good thing," says Charnes.
  • "The Iliad" by Homer. "The first piece of Western epic literature… a reference point for many Western writers," says Charnes.
  • "The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World" by Nathaniel Millett

Did you know?

  • 53 percent of readers read fiction (Publishers Weekly)
  • 43 percent of readers read non-fiction (Publishers Weekly)
  • With 19 percent of readers, the favorite fiction category is mystery and suspense (Publishers Weekly)
  • 55 percent of fiction is bought by women, 45 percent by men (Publishers Weekly)
  • 120,000 books are published each year in the United States (bookwire.com)

What can you do to promote reading and literacy? Join or start a reading group to celebrate the joy of shared reading. And, encourage libraries, bookstores and organizations to host reading group events.

Reading can help improve…

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity
  • Interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Self-direction and adaptability
  • Social responsibility
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic and business literacy
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Workplace productivity
  • Civic literacy

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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Architecture Connects

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
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Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

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Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
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Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
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