(* and how to read when you get there)

 

Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. children cannot read on grade level. An estimated ninety-million U.S. adults are living lives socially and economically diminished because of their reading difficulties. For many of these children and adults, reading is a laborious and frustrating experience that causes them to feel bad about themselves. It is little wonder they do not voluntarily frequent libraries.


 

What if rather than avoiding libraries, libraries were the ‘go to’ place that struggling readers sought out?


We want to work with you to make your library dramatically better able to help poor readers. Together we can make your library a place where any visitor, regardless of their age, reading skills, background knowledge, or primary language, can receive individualized instruction and support while they are reading anything, on any device, in your library. (Try it now, click on any word in the paragraphs of this page and keep clicking through the hints until you hear the word sounded-out).

We call this tool the “Magic Ladder”.  Library visitors of virtually any age can learn to use it on their own in a few minutes. By following a few simple steps, it improves their reading by helping them learn to recognize and understand any unfamiliar word they encounter. 

 

This is not a complicated human-led or computer-based ‘course’ of reading instruction. Instead, the Magic Ladder is a tool that turns every single word, on virtually every page of the internet, into its own reading tutor and support system. Rather than learners having to remember and apply abstract rules to work-out unfamiliar words, The Magic Ladder provides visible and audible pronunciation cues, animated sound-outs, definitions, synonyms, and multiple translations – and it does so instantly on-demand, during the real-time flow of reading.

The only thing learners need to do is click or touch every word they don’t know and keep clicking it until they do. By this simple process, reading difficulties will no longer bar access to learning from and enjoying online content. By this simple process, each word they don’t know becomes a confidence imbuing environment for improving reading. It’s inevitably the way of the future.

You can find out more about the Magic Ladder by visiting these pages:

Magic Ladder Stewards Page   –   About the Magic Ladder

 

There are a series of Magic Ladder tools that are 100% free for use in your library:
 
The Magic Ladder Library: 
https://mlc.learningstewards.org/ includes over 200 stories that have the Magic Ladder built-in.

The Magic Ladder Chrome Extension:   
https://goo.gl/cLvVYC adds the Magic Ladder to your library’s computers and works with millions of pages on the internet.

The Magic Ladder “MyStuff” feature: 
https://mlc.learningstewards.org/help/#mystuff  enables librarians to share documents with visitors that open with Magic Ladder help and support.

The Magic Ladder Copy-Paste-PQ feature: https://mlc.learningstewards.org/help/#paste-pq allows you or your visitors to copy ANY content from any source and paste it into a window with built-in Magic Ladder support.

The Magic Ladder Embed Code:
https://mlc.learningstewards.org/about/#embed A short and simple html script that adds the Magic Ladder to every word in any webpage or website your library controls (for examples: Story Preservation Initiative, Children of the Code, Learning Stewards). You can also read about the Magic Ladder in the Hechinger Report and experience the tools embedded in the story.


 
Please try these tools and experience for yourself how easy they are to use, and how powerfully they address the needs of so many children and adults. They are ad-free and spyware-free. Please use them to help struggling readers enjoy and benefit from your library while they improve their school and life futures!

Together we have a unique and historic opportunity to expand the relevancy and utility of libraries, while helping a great number of children and adults improve their lives.

We are here to support you.  If we can be of any assistance in getting your library started using the Magic Ladder, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please share these resources with your friends and colleagues!

Thanks for your time and for all you do to help steward healthy learning.