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       “Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart.  Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later–no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget–we will return.  For me those enchanted pages will always be the ones I found among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.          

The Shadow of the Wind    Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  Growing up in a “village” of 500 people in the panhandle of Nebraska, our public library was a tiny narrow room full of dusty, well-worn books.  Our school library was considered a “study hall” with minimal books or resources and monitored by different staff as their schedules allowed.  My home, however, was gold mine of print riches.  Nestling into my mom or dad’s lap for a story book set the stage and as I began reading on my own, my mother made sure that I had books coming to our home every month, as well as National Geographic  and various magazines. World Book Encyclopedia became my own personal information treasure house when I was in 7th grade.  Friends would come over to use them for their reports and research.   One book has never left my heart, it was the one that totally “hooked” me to read. When I was 8, the Scholastic Book Club sent me David & the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd.  I was swept away and from then on reading became a vital part of my existence. I am indebted to my parents who assured every room of our home contained a delightful buffet of books, magazines, newspapers to feed my  passion and pique my curiosity. 

     Reflect on what “sparked” your love of reading.   Share the book which has made its way into your heart and remains there always? 

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