On Reading by Biafra Denmark

People always ask me why I like to read so much. It’s like asking me why I like to breathe. It’s something I can’t live without. The first book I ever read was called PUG. I was in the first grade and I remember that my immediate thought was, I wish I’d known how to do this sooner. I haven’t stopped since. Without a book I feel naked. When I have a book in my hand I know I hold someone’s heart, someone’s dreams, and someone’s life. I know someone sat and wrote and gave me their gift. I know someone has allowed their story to be told.

Better Living through Reading by Cindy Hulsey

Most of us who enjoy reading know that it has many benefits, but if someone asked us to rattle off those benefits off the top of our head we might hesitate. Recently I ran across an article on that lists the ten ways reading makes people more successful. Here they are in a nutshell.

The Power of Books by Cindy Hulsey

A lifelong love of reading was instilled in me when I was a little girl. Maybe it’s because I associated reading with maternal love; I have vague memories of my mother holding me and reading to me, of feeling safe and valued in her arms. Whatever the reason, the magic of books cast its spell on me at an early age. Every time my mother went grocery shopping I begged for a Little Golden Book.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Cindy Hulsey

It seems like everyone I know is in a book group, sometimes more than one. This is undoubtedly good news. Book clubs are an excellent opportunity for people to read carefully, think deeply, and interact intelligently. Reading is not a solitary endeavor. I suppose it can be, but the experience becomes richer when you develop new ideas, self-awareness, and empathetic enlightenment while reading and can share that transformative experience with others.

Reading Is a Makerspace by Rebecca Howard

Maker culture is all the rage right now and for good reason.  Makerspaces foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. They encourage people to look at things in new, different ways and give reluctant learners a safe place to explore science, math, art, and technology. These learning environments build confidence and inspire ingenuity. And as liberating and fun as maker culture is, I contend that libraries have been part of maker culture since the beginning, just as we are today in some new, exciting ways (Have you tried that 3-D printer out at Librarium?).