Saturday, May 20, 2006

Reading dying out? Hardly!

How often we hear the observation, "People just don't read anymore!" Sure, we have television, the Internet and other diversions (distractions?). But I have to wonder whether reading is actually in decline -- especially after working a stint at the Telegraph Herald/Dupaco Community Credit Union used book sale on Saturday. (Anecdotal "evidence," I know.)

Though I was not on duty at 7 a.m., volunteers who were there said at least three dozen people were lined up outside the book sale site -- the former Hartig Drug store near the Town Clock -- waiting for the doors to open. Thousands of books flew out of the place. And it was steady during my 9 a.m. shift.

The sale continues Sunday afternoon -- if there are any books left.

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