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We're Outta Here!

Well friends, it's time once again for the Big Read Blog to take its annual summer hiatus. We'll be back in September---with three new titles to boot!---but in the meantime, we hope you'll keep in touch through our Art Works and Blue Star Museums blogs, and through Facebook and Twitter. But most importantly, we hope you'll keep reading! To help you get in summer reading mode, here are a few seasonal quotes from some of our literary favorites.

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ---Ray BradburyDandelion Wine

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” ---Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days---three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." ---John Keats

"In summer, the song sings itself." ---William Carlos Williams

“Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” ---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic,
nourishing Night!
Night of south winds!  Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night!  Mad, naked, Summer Night!" ---Walt Whitman

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ---Anton Chekhov

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ---John SteinbeckTravels with Charley

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape...” ---Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ---Charles Bowden

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” ---L.M. Montgomery

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ---Henry James

"Sound loves to revel in a summer night." ---Edgar Allan Poe


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