Reading Chicago Reading

Who reads? What do they read? How do they read? These are questions essential to the study of literacy, yet fine-grained answers to these questions are difficult to come by, as noted in To Read or Not To Read, a 2007 report from the NEA. Our project Reading Chicago Reading represents a rare opportunity to seek empirical answers to these questions within a large metropolitan area, with a wide variety of texts, and across a great diversity of readers. Read more

Circulation Model Updated for 2016 Season

Our multi-level model for One Book circulation has been updated to include data for the 2016 OBOC season, Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. Interestingly, as a non-fiction work, the book proves to be very similar in its circulation pattern to two fictional works: “The Adventures of Augie March” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”.

The second (tan) bars in each group below (marked AV) reflects the interaction between the AV circulation and three demographic components. Augie March is orange; Kavalier and Clay,… Read more