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Lithograph by T.J. Hayes Print Co. circa 1920 from Library of Congress Theatrical Poster Collection

On the occasion of the 201st anniversary of his birth, here are a few words on reading from poet and president Abraham Lincoln:

A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones. (September 30, 1859 , Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society)

Find out where the Big Readers are in the Land of Lincoln---and elsewhere---by visiting The Big Read calendar.




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