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Worms Spreading in Pennsylvania! ... Bookworms that is

May 27, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh is consistently rated one of the "most literate" cities in the country, and one woman is trying to add more Pennsylvania cities to that list. Denise McMahan has designed a Web site to try to get more people to read books. She says Cause Planet is not just about education, because people generally are better educated these days - instead, with most folks, it's an issue of finding the time. Her site contains book tidbits, articles and reviews, allowing busy people to peruse the choices, either for purchase or library check-out.

"Now, with technology in place, we're all expected to do everything so much faster and on a quicker turnaround."

The site focuses on career and lifestyle-related titles, about topics such as workplace productivity, politics, trends and nonprofit organizations. McMahan says those who lament the decline of reading also agree that people who aren't readers often miss that bigger, community picture. A recent National Endowment for the Arts study reached the same conclusion, she adds.

"The statistics show that people who are engaging in reading are much more engaged in the community - there's a direct correlation."

Her goal isn't to sell books - rather, McMahan is more interested in helping people fit their "need to know" into their hectic lifestyles, and to prompt greater involvement in their communities and politics as a result. Take a look at the Web site at www.causeplanet.org.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - PA