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What Have You Been Reading Lately?

This year’s theme for National Library Week was originally “Find Your Place at the Library” – obviously chosen months before the pandemic. The theme has been rearranged to more appropriately fit our current socially separate lives with “Find the Library At Your Place”.

How have you managed to get reading material? Are you downloading books and magazines? Are you buying more books than you used to? Borrowing from friends and family? Re-reading the favorite (and maybe not-so-favorite) books you already have in your home? For me, it’s all of the above!

I decided to take a fresh look at some of the novels that I have always said were my “favorites” but haven’t picked up or glanced at in years. Some were a little disappointing and I realized (sadly) that the book just didn’t enthrall me the way it did originally. But most were like getting together with old friends. Dean Koontz still manages to enthrall me while simultaneously scaring the living daylights out of me with his creepy characters; John Steinbeck enlightens me, humors me, and makes me cry. Alice Hoffman always amazes me with her lyrical voice and light touch of magic.

Who have you discovered or re-discovered during this time? We’d love to know – leave a comment on this post on FB if you’d like to share!

Tomorrow we’ll share some ways that our library is still trying to help us keep a sense of our community, so we hope you’ll come back to read 😉 .

If you’re a front-line worker, thank you so very much for taking care of our families and loved ones and being out there in the midst of it all. If you’re socially separate, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, use today’s amazing technology to stay in touch, and most importantly, wash your hands. And if being socially separate is negatively affecting you, please reach out to someone who can help.

Thank you for being a friend of the Fort Hunter Free Library!

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