A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What to read

Written June 23rd, 2013 by
Never mind the left-over "LA." It's the second line that counts.

Never mind the left-over “LA.” It’s the second line that counts.

The advice on this reader board is sound, even if you’re not a Clover Ridge pupil out for the summer and wondering what to do with your time. (Never mind that “every day” should be two words. It’s the thought that counts.)

The usual question is “What? What should I read?” And the answer is always the same when it comes to reading that is voluntary as opposed to required for either school or work. The answer is: “Read whatever you enjoy reading.”

If you’re returning to Clover Ridge or any other grade school in the fall, take your bike to the nearest library and start picking up books in the section intended for your age. Read the first paragraph and see if you want to read more. If the openings don’t grab your attention, check out titles in the other parts of the library.

As for me, I’ve been borrowing books from public libraries, off and on, ever since I was 10, starting with the America House library in Berlin. (I didn’t have a bike then, so I walked or took the bus). And I can’t remember a time when I was at a loss for something to read.

I have also found used-book stores to be a source worth checking out for unusual titles. Two or three years ago, the University of Oregon magazine printed an excerpt from a book by Northwest author H.L. Davis. I had never heard of him but liked his prose. Then, way in the back of Browsers’ Bookstore, I discovered two of his novels from the 1950s. They kept me busy reading for two or three weeks, well worth the few dollars they cost. (hh)

Hazel Siebrecht responded:  My most vivid memory of going to the library is as a child when Mom would let us walk the railroad ties to Eagle Point, OR, to get books in the summer. Wish I knew how far the walk was but things have changed since I was 6 or 7. The next most vivid is getting bus sick from reading during the long ride from Eagle Point schools to Lake Creek, some 30 miles out.  The best memory is taking our five children to the Medford library for books. They were allowed 4-6 books, and they all loved to read.  All five continue to read some form of the written word, as do I and my husband.

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