Syracuse – A Great Place to Read!

We’ve all experienced that glued-to-the-seat movie experience, or the scared-silly exhilaration of a roller coaster ride but when’s the last time you were reading a book that you just couldn’t put down,  or for you E-Readers, turn off?

For many, reading is a lost art among the handheld, instant communication, light-speed entertainment of our digital world.  But when the power goes off, or it’s time to put the kids to bed, there’s nothing like tucking into a great book.  From Goodnight Moon, to Harry Potter to Pillars of the Earth, I revel at the joy of my own children’s (OK, young adults now) love of a good read.  My own idea of heaven is a book at the beach.  And I savor the conversation and companionship of a neighborhood book club.  

Syracuse was and still is a mecca of literacy and a well read public.  Fifty years ago local resident Ruth Colvin, after learning of the high rate of functionally illiterate adults in Syracuse, founded Literacy Volunteers (now known as Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse.)  With a mission statement where their “ vision is a community where every adult who wants to learn to read, write, and speak English will have access to a fully integrated education system,” their collaborative partnerships have helped thousands.

With their world-renowned program Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, the Friends of Central Library have brought famous writers, essayists, playwrights and poets to share their vision, their viewpoint, and their stories to sold out audiences for years and “raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the library to buy new books and materials and to support adult and children’s programming.”

From John Berendt to L. Frank Baum, from Bruce Coville to Tobias Wolff, Syracuse not only produces superb writers, supports the importance of the written word, but also encourages all it’s inhabitants to learn to read.  As renowned author Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

More reading opportunities in Syracuse: Onondaga County Libraries, Literacy Volunteers, donate new and used books, tips to encourage young readers, Tim Egan, Nov. 12, with the Rosamond Gifford Lecture series.

We would love to know what you are reading now, or your favorite book for a snowy day – and of course, the book you couldn’t put down!  Share your favorites with us, and let’s get reading.

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