I am a person who ALWAYS carries a book or my Kindle around with me. Much like the cartoon character, Linus, from Peanuts
, my book/Kindle is a sort of security blanket. Even when I know I will not have a minute to read, I still absolutely have to have a book with me. When other people are rummaging around trying to locate their keys in the morning, I am frantically making certain that I have my book! I have read my book on many a bus, train and plane, standing in line at the DMV, sitting on a bench, sitting on the floor of a building waiting for a meeting to begin and on and on. My reading has always been my way to de-stress and re-energize and so it gave me great pleasure to read the article from the Times Book Review
on New Yorkers getting in some reading time over the past decades. The notion of a book providing entrée into a space of solitude in the midst of our largest U.S. city is wonderful. Today, a plethora of options for accessing a book makes it even easier to carve out that space. For a reminder of all the ways in which we get caught up in a book, take a look at the article, “Reading Around New York.”
The article combined with photos from their archives was part of the Times Book Review
anniversary celebration. In images of groups of people gathered on the front steps of the New York Public Library to those near the outdoor library at Bryant Park in 1938 to those in a bookstore or at the airport, people are shown reading among the throngs. Yay libraries for providing all of us with the resources to create our own space amidst the crowds. Together we are maximizing library potential.
Thanks and have a wonderful week!