Writers need readers…but so does everyone…

As a writer and poet, I put words on paper because that’s part of what energizes me.  I would write even if no one read my words.  But I have to admit, getting published and sharing my thoughts and stories has been fun  😉

But what if a large percentage of the population couldn’t read or understand what I wrote?  Unfortunately, in some places that’s not such a stretch.

While I can’t imagine not reading just from the pure enjoyment of it, there are other practical reasons for reading.  A Writer’s Window opens to an organization’s view that reading is more than a writer’s wish and it is doing something about it.

Free books! Really? Yes, really.  Take a Field Trip with me and read all about it.

‘Reading is FUNdamental’ ‘Reading with Rachel’ ‘Reading. Writing. ‘Rithmetic’ We’re familiar with those catch phrases.  Cottage Quotes has a new one.

And for my fellow readers, On the Bookshelf is this week’s nonfiction selection.  Whenever I think I can’t do something, it’s a book like this that smacks me in the head and tells me to get over it.  It’s a book of amazing hope and determination.

Happy reading!

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2 Responses to Writers need readers…but so does everyone…

  1. Alexis says:

    Part of RCPL’s strategic plan is to have every child in Richland county ready to read by the time they enter kindergarten. We’ve been working with a lot of organizations to make it happen, but it seems like no matter how many books I put in the hands of children, it’s never enough.

    It’s so cool that Lancaster has a free bookstore. Although I don’t know if this is the case in Lancaster, I know a lot of smaller county libraries have been fighting for every penny they receive. For me, it’s heartbreaking.

    I can’t imagine not being able to read, or not enjoying it. It’s always been such an important part of my life. Nothing beats being completely absorbed by a story.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Alexis! I agree with so much of what you’re saying. Lancaster County Library has to work for every penny it receives as well. There is just so much that doesn’t make sense about cutting funds for libraries, but that’s a WHOLE other topic 😉

      We can put books into the hands of children, but they have to be supported by adults who read in the home. I think one of the reasons I’m so excited about the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative is, through all their programs they cover just about every demographic that needs help. I’m looking forward to volunteering at the bookshop.

      There is a quote from The Thirteenth Tale, I think… , about someone being so absorbed in what she’s reading, she falls off a wall! Yeah, I could do that! Good luck with your work in inspiring/helping your children to read.
      Have a great weekend, Alexis ~ Kim

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