Pledge to Read 

 
Pledge to Read an Hour a Week
 
 
 

Isaac Asimov

"When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."

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Reading is important; it's a path towards knowledge.  Yet, today's world holds so many distractions.  Pledge to spend an hour a week reading, an hour that would normally be spent watching TV, playing video games, or chatting/surfing online.  Read a book, a magazine, a newspaper--anything--just read!

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Don't join the book burners.  Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.  Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book."

 

Have you visited your local library lately?  Did you know that government funding of public libraries has been dramatically cut in recent years?  Without libraries our learning resources are limited.  Without funding libraries' staff, collections, and electronic resources will slowly disappear.

Support your local library by speaking to officials, donating time and money, and USING IT.

In the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania State budget, public libraries' funds were cut by 50% .  The Library Access line (POWER Library, statewide borrowing,and interlibrary delivery) ended as the budget dropped to $0 while the Electronic Library Catalog (Ask Here PA, Access PA database) was cut by 30%.   On top of that, local townships have cut library fundings as well, leaving libraries to function on limited state funds and residential contributions.

 

    

Tips:

Did you know that by reading the newspaper every day, you can add more than an hour of reading to your week?

Books are addictive.  Find the right one, and you won't be able to put it down!  Find the right author or series, and you'll be reading all the time!

Don't feel obliged to follow the best sellers lists.  March to the beat of your own drum and find what you love to read and read every word of it!

Adding an hour of reading to your week or day doesn't mean that you only have to read books.  Read magazines, newspapers, poetry, or subject specific reports.

The number one way to build your vocabulary and abstract thinking abilities is to read!

Throughout history, hierarchy was maintained through reading.  People who could not read could be controlled easier than those who could read; therefore, reading was a source of power that many sought to attain.  Attain it!