The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Age Brain!


Photos from the 15th Annual Literacy Breakfast

The 15th annual Literacy Breakfast took place on April 28th. The program was entitled: Literacy for Life and focused on how our brains change and advance literacy growth and knowledge through childhood, teen, and mature adult years.

Key Note Speaker Barbara Strauch

Barbara Strauch, the key note speaker, science editor for the New York Times and noted author of The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, on the surprising talents of the middle-aged mind, had some good news for those over 45 (and those who will eventually get there). Though we may forget names and where we put our glasses regularly, our brains are actually smarter than they’ve ever been!

Other Highlights

Also on the program was Dr. Holly Kreider, Director of Programs at the Raising A Reader National Office. Dr. Kreider began the Literacy Breakfast discussing the childhood brain and how reading and literacy develops and is reinforced from birth. Three library staff also displayed information about innovative programs related to teen literacy, completing the continuum of life’s literacy development.

What Are Your Thoughts?

If you were at the program, what did you think? If not, is your brain getting better with age? How do you keep it active? Join the conversation.

Author Bio:

Jeanine Asche has over 30 years of library experience working mostly with children and families. In her spare time, besides reading of course, she dabbles in painting, enjoys hiking with her family, and referees her animal menagerie--a crazy lab mix, a loveable tabby cat, a rambunctious kitten, and, if 3 weren't enough, this mix occasionally includes a spirited "grand puppy".

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