|My bed bookshelf|
I love to read. The first book I read was a biography of Benjamin Franklin. I was in sixth grade. I sat in the back of the classroom. Behind my desk was a wall long cabinet. On top of that cabinet was a collection of orange books. Those books were biographies of American historical figures, some of whom were George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, etc.
|My Sixth Grade Class (I was absent the day this picture was taken - my desk was the third from the right in the back - my friend Billy B. is sitting at my desk)|
|Me when I discovered books 1953|
No one encouraged me or told me to read those books. I was bored by the class and curious as to what was in the books. Up until that time the only reading I did were the Tom, Dick and Jane (and Spot) books, the books of Fifties elementary school. Later I read the Weekly Reader.
|Mrs. Yost, my sixth grade teacher who let me read|
I remember to this day picking up that first orange covered book biography of Benjamin Franklin. I've forgotten a lot over the years but I remember holding that first hard covered book. I opened it and glanced at the pages. I was quickly drawn into another world, the world of the 18th century and Benjamin Franklin flying his kite in an thunder storm discovering electricity. I asked my sixth grade teacher Mrs. Yost if I could take a book home to continue reading it. She said I could. It was from that point I was hooked on reading.
I quickly went through the collection of orange covered autobiographies. I've often wondered if the color orange had a lot to do with luring me into reading those books because I so remember that warm, inviting color.
|The Downingtown Public Library|
After I finished that collection of books, someone suggested that I get a library card for the Downingtown Public Library. The Downingtown Library was/is a grand old stone building located on the tree lined residential street that runs through Downingtown. I still remember the wonderful smell of old books when I first walked into that wonderful, welcoming building.
I got my library card from the wonderful older woman (she was probably 40 but she seemed old to me) who sat behind a desk stacked with books. It wasn't too long before my library card was filled with dates of books checked in and checked out.
From that day in 1953 until today, I have probably read thousands of books.
My favorite books are biographies, history books, and current events/political books. I read some fiction but I don't read mysteries, science fiction or poetry. I never got those books. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with those books, it's just that they bore me.
I read before I go to bed. I read in the bathroom. I read when I eat. I read all the time.
|What I'm reading now, "Include Me Out", Farley Granger's autobiography|
I love reading.
|Me reading in bed - my favorite bedtime activity...really|