That’s right! Tomorrow’s the official start of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Some of you have already filled out ballots, and you can bring them in to the library starting tomorrow, July 4. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve been reading!
If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison
A good book should leave you … slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. – William Styron
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~Lemony Snicket
Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. ~William Ewart Gladstone
No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. ~Ann Landers
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham
Countdown quotes are here again! You may already be registered for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge (and if not, what are you waiting for?!) but July 4, one week today, is the official start. So from now until then, we’ll be posting a new quote every day to mark the last week before summer reading begins!
If you have never said “Excuse me” to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time. ~Sherri Chasin Calvo
Tomorrow’s the big day! Who’s going to read the first book? Who’s going to write the first review? Who’s going to win a teen toonie this week? I am so excited my hair has turned pink. Or perhaps that was the hair dye. Either way, a short but sweet quote from Cornelia Funke, author of Inkheart among others, to end our countdown:
A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.
Remember to keep checking here to see the reviews roll in and the book, page, and hour count at the top of the sidebar updated weekly. See you… on the other side. *cue dramatic music*
Better late then never! I think a little Andrew Carnegie is appropriate today. Well-known for his vital and amazing fund that has allowed libraries to be built in small places, Carnegie was also a well-respected advocate for both peace and democracy. He thought of the public library as a space where everyone was allowed access, and libraries still strive towards that ideal today.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
Of Wellington County’s 14 library branches, almost half are Carnegie libraries built in the early 1900s: Harriston, Clifford, Palmerston, Mount Forest, Fergus, and Elora. Spare him a thankful thought the next time you drop in!
Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the giants of fantasy and science fiction writing. She has always worked very hard to have fantasy taken seriously as a genre, in part by advocating for it but also by writing really excellent and sometimes, as in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, ground-breaking novels and short stories in that genre. It is not the genre that makes a book good or bad, but the quality of the writing and the originality of the ideas. Sometimes people dismiss a book out of hand because it’s in a particular genre, but I think that’s narrowing the scope too far — this summer, why not try reading something a little bit out of your comfort zone?
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
What I so love about this quote from Le Guin, aside from the simple fact that it is a very pretty little quote, is the thought of all these books and cds on the shelves at the library, just waiting for someone to pick them up and read them so they can become real. The act of reading or listening to a story is a kind of magic.