A whole universe in a single unknown book

-by Mark Tatulli   

and so we near the end of summer ~ (which means our party, next Saturday, commemorating all who participated in our Summer Reading Program) ~ But there’s still plenty of time – three whole weeks, even! – for students of all ages to mine the marvelous treasures sutured throughout our shelves – (just like Lio, above^) – before the school bell’s chime…

I’ll share with you a bittersweet/poignant passage from a book I’m currently reading

~The Shadow of the Wind: Cemetery of Forgotten Books~~a story of a teenager, the son of a bookshop owner, who is unraveling the mysterious bellicosity held towards a certain author’s rare legacy…

“…As I walked in the dark through the tunnels and tunnels of books, I could not help being overcome by a sense of sadness. I couldn’t help thinking that if I, by pure chance, had found a whole universe in a single unknown book, buried in that endless necropolis, tens of thousands more would remain unexplored, forgotten forever. I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory, day after day, unknowingly, feeling all the wiser the more it forgot.

—Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

~Three cheers to our Youth Librarians -for their coordinating a fine batch of events for young readers, this summer. Stay tuned for updates on reading programs for kids of all ages (even those under 1-year-of-age…) here – or for the older ones, at the Teen Spot.

And don’t forget– Monday is the commencement of our Summer Concert Series – featuring the Candy Band! (6:30 pm @ FPL).

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