Metro East Literacy Project Virtual Bookshelf
Promoting a Culture of Reading
A Wonderful Place
I read everything. The Nashville Public Library wasn't segregated when I was growing up. It was always open to blacks, and that said something about the library to me: Here is a place where blacks are welcome, so it must be a wonderful place.---Late author, Patricia C. McKissack, from Encyclopedia.com
A library is "a wonderful place." It is not a place filled with dusty collections like the archives of ancient days. Today's libraries offer a wide range of resources. Besides borrowing books, you can download multimedia content, take computer classes, use meeting spaces, meet up with book clubs, and maybe even visit a coffee bar. It's a community hub. The best part is a library card is still free for most people. Why not get your public library card in September to celebrate National Library Sign Up Month. Your in-person or online visit will take you to a wonderful place!
SEPTEMBER READING CELEBRATIONS
National Library Sign-Up Month
6--National Read a Book Day
8--International Literacy Day
25--National Comic Book Day
Sept. 26 to Oct. 2--Banned Books Week
What book are you reading? Will you list the title on the Metro East Literacy Project Virtual Bookshelf? The Metro East Literacy Project (MELP) is raising money to build avid, lifelong readers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In some sections of our population, there is a serious reading crisis with functional illiteracy and book deserts. MELP is raising awareness and creating opportunities to help improve reading skills within the community.
Make a donation of $5 minimum, plus $2 for the cover image, of a favorite book such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Catcher in the Rye,” “The Warmth of Other Suns," or some other favorite or inspirational book. And, if you are an author, you should list your own book! Let’s fill up the Metro East Literacy Project Virtual Bookshelf with your book titles.