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Overheard at the Public Library
“Have you read Marley and Me yet?” a mother asked her teenage daughter, pointing to a rotating book rack in our local public library.
“No,” her daughter said. “Would you like me to read it?” The mother nodded, yes. Without a blink her daughter took the book and padded happily in her flip-flops toward the check-out desk.
Now that’s power, I thought. How many parents could walk through a library or bookstore with their teenager and point to books their teen will embrace on the spot?
Imagine: “You want me to read War and Peace, Dad? Now that sounds exciting. The Iliad? Sure. Don Quixote too? Why not? I’ve still got room in my arms.”
That’s a fantasy scenario, but seeing the mother/daughter encounter at the local library made me think:
*If we parents want our children to read, they must see us reading too. (Likewise, if we want them to develop a habit of daily devotions, they need to see us with our Bibles open.)
*Do we tell our friends and family about good books we are reading, and do we take note of excellent titles that they recommend?
*If we are fortunate enough to live in countries with free lending libraries, do we take full advantage of this incredible resource? (The same question applies to us who attend churches with libraries.)
*If we aspire to be writers, are we steeping ourselves in quality reading of a wide variety? “To write good reading, you must read good writing,” the saying goes.
A 2007 study by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts showed Americans ages 15 to 24 on average spend 2 hours a day watching TV and only 7 minutes of daily leisure time on reading.
I’m glad the teen at the local library is breaking that pattern.
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