Let's start with their definition of reluctant readers as kids who do not read as well as their peers do. I must admit that one took me aback. Call me naive, but I always thought of reluctant readers as just that: reluctant. So, I checked definitions of the word to be certain I had not missed some nuanced meaning of the word:
unwilling and hesitant; disinclined.
"she seemed reluctant to discuss the matter"
synonyms: unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic, resistant, resisting, opposed;
Nope, I was right; reluctant means unwilling and not unskilled or less able. But let's move on to who will be speaking at the symposium. Two wonderful authors are scheduled to speak. I love the books Krosczka and Pastis writer. I have read them all. Who else will be there? A psychologist and a medical doctor. Hmm. I wonder what they bring to this discussion? "Haecker will discuss the issue in a medical context, and Agard will discuss the social and academic conflicts that reluctant readers face." Again, I think I can see some reasons for including the doctor and the psychologist. But where are the librarians and the teachers? Where are the EXPERTS? This is the big missing piece.
I would expect the the Library of Congress would recognize that omitting the voices of those who work directly with reluctant readers would be a huge oversight. I guess my expectations are too great. Sigh.