ONE FOR THE BOOKS NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK AND THE JOY OF READING
It may not be on everyone’s calendar, but I couldn’t let National Library Week pass by without comment. The second week of April is set aside to honor those centers of public learning we sometimes take for granted. But for me, the library was always a magical place. The old public library in my hometown was about as classic as it could get: a relatively small brick building packed with stacks and stacks of books. There was even a sweet, old librarian who worked there through my school years. I spent hours in that building, often staying until closing time — this was well before the days of the internet, let alone Google. Anything I wanted to know about the world had to come from that library. While I’d go in to do research for homework assignments, I would often wander from shelf to shelf, picking up any book that interested me.
In fact, getting to introduce my daughters to the joy of reading made some of my fondest memories of their childhood. You see, they were just the right age when the monumentally popular “Harry Potter” series first came out. My wife and I would take turns reading those enthralling books aloud every night before our daughters went to bed. Soon enough, all four of us were die-hard Potter fans. We’d even head to the local bookstore at midnight to get the next installment the day it hit shelves. There was real magic to those books. As they aged with the series, my daughters became voracious readers, both to fly through the later installments of J.K. Rowling’s series and to tackle their school work. Still, I miss those days of reading aloud to them. Now I’m usually the one being read to, since I mostly consume audiobooks these days. After all, much of my day is dominated by poring over case files, so it’s nice to give my eyes a break and enjoy a good book on my commute home. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a book club, which helps expose me to all sorts of interesting works. Just recently, we went through Yuval Noah Harari’s three-part series on the human experience: “Sapiens,” “Homo Deus,” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” I enjoy having the opportunity to read provoking literature like this and getting to
discuss it with others. I really wish our group would meet more often.
So, in the spirit of sharing the love of reading, starting next month, I’m going to review a few of my recent favorites right here in our newsletter. After all, you can learn a lot about a person by the books they keep on their shelf. For those who want to read ahead, I’ll cover “The Notorious RBG” for the May edition. You can find it wherever books are sold or pick up a copy at your local library.
While my library attendance waned after law school, I never lost my love of books.
“WHILE I’D GO IN TO DO RESEARCH FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, I WOULD OFTEN WANDER FROM SHELF TO SHELF, PICKING UP ANY BOOK THAT INTERESTED ME.”
Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC | (619) 231-1883
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