No, this blog is not a shout-out to the premiere of the 21st Century version of the television show, “Hawaii 5-O” (never a fav of mine, although, I’ve danced to the theme song.) Nor, is this brief treatise, a commentary on the criminal justice system. Instead, as the title suggests, this prose is….about…books.
Yesterday, was International Literacy Day, an initiative of the United Nations that asks that literacy remain a high priority for each country. Worldwide, the statistics on illiteracy are stark: 1 – 5 adults are not literate, and, 2/3 of those are women.
I do firmly believe that an educated, well-read public is essential to the functioning of a democracy. I share that belief with, among others, Thomas Jefferson.
So, here’s what I’m proposing: Advocacy ACTION #15: We are going to be well-read. How? By starting a BOOK CLUB!
Ponder the possibilities:
- As mentioned, we’ll help in strengthening the democracy!
- We will join with and support and sustain our local libraries!
- We can “bond over books” and any occasion for folks to get together and be in community is always a great idea!
We will continue to discuss this further. In fact, what better way to pursue this initiative, than at next week’s HCPD Meeting on Wednesday, 15 September at….THE ALLEGHENY-CARNEGIE LIBRARY! Perfect!
Let me know what you think…and let’s get reading…..
I do have a first book suggestion in mind and even though today is the birthday of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy, I am not suggesting “War and Peace.” However, I am thinking of a classic of American Literature which celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary this year! Any guesses????