Dawn Tolbert

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Buy the Book #366Days Day 121

This weekend, I did something I haven’t done in a while. I went to Barnes and Noble, picked out a novel and read the entire thing in one sitting. It was maybe 10% market research and 90% just taking a break. 

The book wasn’t designed to teach me anything, make me a better person, or broaden a single horizon. But I found myself gobbling it up like the chips and salsa when I go to our favorite Mexican place when I’m really hungry. 

There’s nothing quite so delicious as just the right book. I’m so thankful to have grown up in a family where it was (and is!) very common to find everyone with their nose in a book or magazine. 

I shared a quote on Twitter this weekend in which Mark Twain said “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

I went tonight to a meeting of the Polk chapter of the Ferst Foundation. I’ll share more about it later but, in a nutshell, the group’s work is getting books into the hands of children from birth to age 5 and helping the parents learn how to share the books with their child. 

It costs only $40 to provide books for one child for a year. They’ll receive one book each month. 

I watched You’ve Got Mail this weekend for the fifteenth time, maybe. In it, Kathleen Kelly, Meg Ryan’s character, talks about how the books you read as a child shape your life in a way nothing else ever will.

It was a pleasure to see ladies who give of their time to make those connections possible. All for the sake of the children. 

1 Comment

  1. What a wonderful cause that is Dawn! I cannot imagine my childhood without Harriet the Spy, the Black Stallion, or Mowgli from the Jungle Book. I know all these books have been made into movies, but it’s not the same as settling in with a good book and seeing the characters in your imagination. Reading opens up worlds at our fingertips! 🙂

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