Just a Bunch of Bookworms

By Luci Pestana

It was a fantastic way to spend Saturday morning, as we kicked off the First Annual Durham Book Rally this weekend.  “First Annual” always implies a bit  of a “we have no idea what to expect” vibe… but we couldn’t have been more thrilled!  Books and donations for the DPS BookMark Initiative rolled in all morning, and we were happiest of all that most guests stuck around to eat, drink, listen to great music, and mingle with friends.  The face-painting was also a HUGE hit (mostly with kids, although it was hard to keep some of the adults from indulging…)  

In the spirit of inspiring a child’s love for reading, I asked some of our visitors to recall books from their elementary school days.  Seems like for one reason or  another, these selections made a very lasting impact!  The following titles should ring a bell… or maybe you’ll browse them next time you take the little ones for a trip to the bookstore:

A Separate Piece, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Tiki Tiki Tembo, The Polar Express, The Lorax, My Side of the Mountain, A Wrinkle in Time, and the collections of: Nancy Drew, Judy Blume (especially those “Fudge” books!) The Boxcar Children, Harriet the Spy, Encyclopedia Brown, Ramona Quimby, Black Beauty, Little House on the Prairie, and The Babysitter’s Club.

The readiness with which everyone piped up with favorites really resonated with me later.  Faces lit up, and guests giggled with delight as fellow grown-ups squealed over how “obsessed they were with that book.”   And… that was kind of the point.  If more books find their way into the hands of DPS kids this summer, we can expect them to enjoy reading, to keep reading, and to treasure their memories of reading.  That’s a good thing.

Above all, we cannot thank our sponsors enough.  In donating their products or services, they made it possible for us to share in a very special community effort.  Thank you, Piedmont, Daisy Cakes, Faber Design, Dale Baker” and Associates,” Joe Van Gogh, and Paint Savvy, for making this event fabulous!

There are still many ways to help!  Visit the BookMark website for more info on how and where to donate.

Of course, at the stroke of twelve on May 1st, 2010… They all lived happily ever after!

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