Are Boys Less Interested in Books?

Imageby Farahnaz Taherinejad

On October 7, 2011, Carol-Ann Hoyte, a 2008 graduate of the Information and Library Technologies (ILT) program spoke on the subject of Boys and Literature to ILT students, staff and other guests at John Abbott College.Ms. Hoyte has worked at Selwyn House School as assistant librarian since October 2007.She is also a freelance writer whose specialty is children's literature.

She explained how to make children, especially boys, more interested in books and reading. She emphasized what libraries and parents can do to encourage reading.

She brought books suitable for different age groups and read selections. She also distributed handouts with a list of books for children categorized by age group.

Participants, especially parents, were keen to ask questions. Samantha Touchette said: “I even stayed a few minutes after to ask her questions, and also got her email address for future correspondence, if necessary. I found the presentation very useful.” Vincent Teetaert commented: "I was really impressed by the selection of books that she brought with her. I was able to find some titles and ideas to try on my boys."

The event was organized by Barbara Houghton’s Public Relations students, Megan Yakimchuk, Sara Carolyn Grenier, Daniel Lavigne and Farahnaz Taherinejad.