16 September 2008

Challenge: 25 Books & Libraries

My local library is sponsoring a challenge for adult and young adult readers: Read 25 books between September 1 and December 31 and win a prize. I'm definitely entering because it's nothing for me to read that many books in 4 months.

Last year, the library celebrated a major anniversary. The challenge was to read 5o books between June 1 and December 31. I met that with a few weeks to spare and won a nice tote bag.

At the end of every month, I'll post the books I read for this challenge. In January, I'll tell you what prize I won.

I make an effort to participate in as many library events as I can manage in my busy life. I am strong believer in the benefits of reading and in having easy access to all books--not just the books some big chain has decided Americans will like. As independent booksellers become an endangered species, public libraries grow in their importance. Where else, outside an educational institution, can we find people who look at books as more than just products to sell for profit? I miss the hand-sold book from a knowledgeable bookseller, but my library's staff consists of well-informed, critical, and enthusiastic book lovers. I've been directed to many a wonderful book via a staff recommendation.

More on libraries and their services in future posts.

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