The Slow Book Revolution
Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond
by Meagan Lacy, Editor
September 2014, 160pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-715-6
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Improve literacy in college-age students by utilizing this innovative resource that helps to promote contemplation over brevity in reading practices.

This inspiring guide shows how to implement the principles of the Slow Book movement in college campus libraries as well as public and high school libraries, with the ultimate goals of encouraging pensive reading habits and creating a lifelong enjoyment of books.

In a world of constant Facebook posts and Tweets, digital distractions and online reading habits are wearing at students’ ability to focus, reflect, synthesize, and think deeply. This professional text, based on a concept introduced by Maura Kelly in the online edition of The Atlantic, delves into the trend toward contemplative reading—otherwise known as the Slow Book movement—explaining what it is, why it’s important, and how you can implement it in various ways and in multiple settings.

Author and librarian Meagan Lacy, along with contributions from others in the field, offers insights, advice, and practical tools to help you foster an appreciation of reading in students both during and after college. The first part of the book establishes the importance of the Slow Book movement, while the second and third sections combine case studies and guidance for employing the principles of this method across multiple genres, including fiction, nonfiction, classics, and contemporary works. Chapters build a rationale for the approach, describe its underlying philosophy, and articulate concrete ways to apply the methodology in different venues.


  • Explains how you can address your users' growing needs for sustained reflection and authentic connection
  • Shows how leading and promoting the Slow Book movement adds new value to your library
  • Presents examples and advice that you can use and adapt to lead the Slow Book movement at your library
  • Shows ways in which academic, public, and school librarians can form partnerships for literacy outreach programs
Meagan Lacy is the information literacy librarian at Guttman Community College at The City University of New York. Previously, she served as the humanities librarian at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and English at Seattle University, her master's degrees in library and information sciences at the University of Washington, and her master's degree in English at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.


"This title is a worthy purchase for every library. It is also a call to action and greater participation."—Technical Services Quarterly, September 1, 2015
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