May. 11th, 2011

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I saw this on holiday in the window of a little indie bookshop and it struck a chord. So much of a chord that it almost makes my heart ache to read it. Save the world. Buy a book.

WE BELIEVE IN THE BOOK. We believe in quieting the noise and listening
to the stories. We believe in traveling far and wide between paper
pages. We believe in touching the words, scribbling in the margins, and
dogging the ears. We believe in surrounding ourselves with books long
finished and books not yet read; in revisiting our younger selves each
time we pull old favorites off the shelf.

We believe in five-year-olds inking their names in big letters
on the flyleaf. We believe in becoming someone else for four hundred
pages. We believe in turning off the screens and unplugging the
networks once in awhile. We believe in meeting the author, reading the
footnotes, looking up the words and checking the references. We believe
in holding our children on our laps and turning the pages together.

We believe in standing shoulder to shoulder in comfortable
silence with our fellow citizens before a good shelf of books; we
believe in talking face to face with friends and strangers in the
aisles of a good bookstore. We believe that together, readers, writers,
books and bookstores can work magic
Save the world. Buy a book.

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