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Why Read?

March 3, 2009
Fresno, CA

California's Fresno County Library is celebrating The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through April. To raise public interest in The Big Read, which has become an annual event in Fresno, the library partnered with KFSN-TV -- the community's local ABC station -- which donated time and talent for two promotional spots. Here's KFSN-TV anchor Nancy Osborne's take on "Why read?"

"As a child growing up in a military family moving was a way of life. So was learning about the 'next place' we were headed. That began with library books, each comforting and exciting at the same time, and that set me on a lifelong path of reading. There's nothing like holding a book and turning the pages, learning something new or simply getting lost in a time and a place completely unfamiliar.

"I recently re-read Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in a book printed in 1912. Turing the yellowed pages of that small book I imagined how many hands had held that same volume before it came into mine. Still, reading a first edition of President Obama's Audacity of Hope seemed as rich, knowing that on some future date it might be read with the same feelings I had holding that 97-year-old book of a play written in the 16th century.

"It's true you can read just about anything written on your iPhone, a Kindle, or the Internet. So, whatever gets you reading is what's important. The thing is to READ! Reading is not just window to the world but to all the people, places, and events of our world -- past, present and future. "

Visit the Big Read Web site to learn more about the many Big Read activities taking place in Fresno this spring, including a jumping frog contest!

Photo of Ms. Osborne courtesy of KFSN-TV / ABC30 Action News