When I was in elementary school, my sister and I used to setup our own library at home. We made library cards, due date sheets and reserve cards. For us, going to the library was a special treat and we loved reenacting the event.
About three-fourths through the movie, “You’ve Got Mail”, Kathleen has a cold. She has just closed her book store and Joe Fox, from Fox Bookstore, has come to check on her. Near the end of their conversation, he is tucking her into bed so she can rest. Lying on her bed is a pile of books.
One of the books in the pile is “The Scarecrow of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. I’ve never read any of his books. Since I have an iPad, iPhone and kindle, I decided to download the book. It seemed very dry and I gave up reading it. A couple of weeks later, the same book was available for pick-up as a hard back book from my library. I decided to try it again. What a difference!
Sometimes, there is nothing like holding a book in your hands and physically turning the pages. The illustrations in the book, “The Scarecrow of Oz”, brought the story to life in a way my imagination couldn’t. In the words of Kathleen Kelly, “read it, you’ll love it”.If you’ve ever tried reading a book digitally and found it lacking, then head over to your local library and give the real thing a try.