Remember the first book that knocked your socks off?
For me, it was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I remember taking it off my parents' bookshelf one rainy afternoon when I had no way to get to the mall. I cracked it open because I was bored and there was nothing better to do. And then, something magical happened.
For the next few days, I couldn't put it down. I was transported from my little circle of teenage angst and self-involvement to a world of wonder and possibility. I was introduced to the major themes: social injustice, human frailty, racial tension, and the presence of goodness in unexpected places. I was floored by the wisdom of Atticus Finch and envious of the pluck and courage of Scout and Jem.
The book inspired me and made me want to be a better person.
Here at the Jefferson County Library Foundation, we'd like to give that same sense of wonder to every child in Jefferson County. To that end, we work hard to put books into the hands of children through Library programs such as the Traveling Children's Library and the Summer Reading Program.
If you remember being awed and humbled by reading a book, won't you share the magic? Won't you donate to our campaign?