Monday, June 28, 2010

To Read or Not to Read?

A Soliloquy to Summer Reading
(apologies Bill)

Image retrieved June 28 from stantonssheetmusic.wordpress.com/2009/04/

To read, or not to read: is that the question?
Whether 'tis nobler for the child’s mind to suffer
and slide as though going backward,
Or to take books against a sea of troubles,
And by reading end the slide? To read: to dream;
They are the same. Then let us read!
The adventures and the thousand nature books,
The mysteries just waiting to be read;
'Tis a journey devoutly to be wish'd.
To read: perchance to dream: ay, there's the hope;
For in that reading what dreams may come…

Research and information on the importance of summer reading and the learning loss described as the "summer slide" can be found at the sites below:

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm
Summer Reading @ New York State Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act with funds awarded to the NYS Libraries by the Federal Institute of Museums and Library Services.

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