Posted by: mysaintjohn | July 16, 2009

Friday is for reading…

The Reader

Buy a book. Loan a book. Borrow a book. Read a book. Love a book. Hate a book.

Saint John needs readers.

*hops off soap box*

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  1. Okay. I’m starting Funke’s Inkheart.

    FYI… By the end of week three, we’d had 31 visits from adults and 297 from children. A total of 345 books had been borrowed (plus another 114 from the Bookwagon), and approx. 1800 books had been recorded read (bring our running total up to about 47,000 over seven years). All this in the “bad” part of town – you know, where the poor, “illiterate” people live and die and get kicked out of school and stuff.

    *stops bragging*

    • That’s awesome 🙂

      One of the things that frustrated me when I moved here was the (often voiced) opinion of a coworker who said that bookstores would not work in Saint John because it was a blue collar town.

  2. On the commissionaire’s desk in the police detention centre are three books: a social history of life during the Great Depression, a biography of actress/stripper/celebrity Gypsy Rose Lee written by her son, and a biography of pioneering Black educator Mary McLeod Bethune. That’s what these blue-collars are reading while the detainees sleep.

    Love the photo, by the way. Can’t decide what attracts me most: the cafe, the book, the possibility of budding romance, or the fact that it’s sunny!

    • Not surprising. As someone from a family with a large blue collar segment, I tend to get upset at ridiculous generalizations.

      When I first took the shot, I was disappointed that I had inadvertently captured the man across the street. Upon reflection, though, I quite like the possibilities he seems to represent.

  3. Yes!

    I am reading “Three Cups of Tea” (Greg Mortensen) right now and “Hands of My Father” by Myron Uhlberg is next on the pile…

    PS – found you from a link someone sent me about the Zombie/Martello Tower – too funny!

    • For some reason, the zombie posts always get passed around the most. I’m thinking I should start a sister blog: Saint John Survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse.

      I just finished reading “Then We Came to the End” by Joshua Ferris. “Duck Duck Wally” by Gabe Rotter was supposed to be next on the list but after watching “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”, I couldn’t stop myself from re-reading “Deathly Hallows”.


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