"I know firsthand the great power that books hold. It was cause for celebration when I saw the RIF truck pull up to McKinley Elementary School because I knew that by the end of classes that day I would hold in my hands a book or two that I would proudly carry home and cherish as my own. During the summer the Erie Public Library would hold a gigantic week long book sale in a large tent on the library lawn. My mother would give me a few dollars, a canvas bag, and the freedom to choose whatever books I could fit into that bag. Those books would become my personal library of escape! Hours, days, summers, years and decades would pass as I immersed myself in the worlds of Anna Sewell, Scott O’Dell, Carolyn Keene, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Stephen King, May Sarton, Ayn Rand, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, Milan Kundera, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
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Books are magical! Maybe that’s why I love Harry Potter so much. J.K. Rowling seems to get it. When I was first visited a library as a very young child I thought I too had entered a type of Hogwarts where anything was possible. I could actually take home these books and people would read them to me! When I was old enough to read I could hide anywhere I liked and enter a new world for a few hours. So many stories! So many worlds! As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I cannot remember all the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” The person I am has indeed been shaped by the books I have read and the joy and wonder they have brought to my life!
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"Without reading, our pleasure in life is limited to our own surroundings and experiences. Books deliver to us a world without limits.
I think reading was my first love. I grew up in a safer time when it was ok for a little kid to wander alone – Newton Centre Public Library sat between my house and the elementary school and it became my hang-out place - as long as I was home for supper, I could stay as long as I wanted. What books do I remember? First, above all, The Yearling. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had me from the first emotion-filled meeting between Jody and his wild fawn. It was my illicit late-night reading until my mother said, “It does no good to hide under the covers with your flashlight if I can still hear you crying.”
Next came Old Yeller and Goodbye My Lady, and every horse book in the building. You can see I went for the emotional stuff. . . and still do. My requirements for a good read? At least one character that arouses some kind of passion . . .love, hate, empathy. And beautiful language - I want to hear poetry in every sentence. That’s why I love anything by Monica Wood or James Lee Burke, and why I’m obsessed by Michael Crummey’s Sweetland.
To me, reading is excitement and wonder and consolation and comfort. Without reading our pleasure in life is limited to our own surroundings and experiences. Books deliver us to a world without limits."
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"A good book does two things: 1) it entertains the reader, allowing them to escape from the chaos of daily life, and 2) it inspires the reader to new levels of focus and attention, something that I believe no other medium has the ability to do. In our modern lives, we are simply too stretched out; we have too many obligations. Reading allows you to feel a sense of commitment and to build your tolerance for sustained attention: it's one of very few leisure activities left that brings with it a feeling of genuine reward, while also improving your ability to focus and maintain effort in daily life."
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"When sleeping is a challenge, a book distracts my mind enough to fall asleep. In addition, a book opens a world of new ideas and perspectives, and libraries allow us to sample freely all these ideas."
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"Reading is an escape from reality, allowing you to slip into a world of dragons, wizards, and much more."
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