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April 22, 2013

PROMOTING LITERACY

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Bindings Bookstore owner Carolyn Ricker said World Book Night not only promotes reading, but it is a way to draw people together.

“Everyone in the country is doing this on the same day, so it makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger,” Ricker said.

At Lee-Whedon, Assistant Director Christine Mostyn said the program is helpful because it “gives adults free access to good literature.” Mostyn explained how distributors are chosen to participate after an application process. After that, they get to choose where they pick up their 20 copies to hand out to whomever they see fit.

Mostyn said it is entirely possible to go to one place, like perhaps a community center, and find 20 people in need of a good book.

This past Friday, Jane Wiech of Lockport stopped by the Medina library to pick up her case of books. Like The Book Shoppe, Wiech is going to hand out “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” She said the title was her third choice, but it is still a good book.

Wiech also noted how she planned on handing out her case of books. “I may give some out to people in the apartment complex where I live now. Last year I put some in the mailboxes of people I knew,” she recalled. “It’s just really neat to get people reading.” 

The list of books from which distributors could choose included about 30 titles, among them classics like Willa Cather’s “My Antonia” and Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee” and such contemporary favorites as “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis and Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.”

The local participants agreed there is definitely an advantage to a book with pages rather than one with a touch screen.

“The experience of reading an actual book makes the words come alive more; it makes the experience deeper,” Mostyn said, adding there is also the ability to dog-ear the pages that have your favorite passages. She added, “There’s a connection to a book because you can actually see the pages turn.”

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