Thursday, March 6, 2008

In the Company of Good Books

I have a fundamental belief in the power of good books to change lives, communities, states, nations, and ultimately the world. It seems I have something in common with First Lady Laura Bush.

From Shelf Awareness:

"A nation that does not read for itself cannot think for itself. And a nation that cannot think for itself risks losing both its identity and its freedom. Ray Bradbury was right when he said, 'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.'

'Both reading and a love of reading are learned behaviors that should be taught at home and in schools. Like many of you in this room, I've spent my life in the company of good books, because my mother taught me to love them, and my teachers taught me to read them, and my library let me take them home free. Those early experiences had a profound impact on my life, and on my career as a public school teacher and librarian, and on my present work in the U.S. and around the world.'--First Lady Laura Bush, speaking yesterday at the AAP annual meeting in New York City."

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