I have been lucky enough to have loved three men in my life. Is that too much information for a library article?
None of those three were/are avid readers as compared to the men that visit this library. Although, if you do not get technical about what is considered reading, Grass & Grain, Successful Farming, The Hanover News, and The Westmoreland Recorder were read from front to back.
Now just like Mother’s Day, people tend to reminisce around these Hallmark holidays. It is actually a fairly new national holiday. It was in 1972 when President Richard Nixon declared it be celebrated on the third Sunday in June as was first suggested by Grace Clayton from West Virginia in 1908. She wanted a day to honor her father and the 200 fathers who had died in a mining accident in her state. Two others, including President Woodrow Wilson, tried to make it a permanent national holiday before the 1972 declaration.
I was told to give a list of books in the library article, but if these fathers are like most, they judge the book by its cover. Know that new titles are ordered at the end of each month. Black Book, El Paso, Edge, The Highwayman, Night School, Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk, and A Wretched and Precarious Situation are just a few of the new titles that the fathers and men ought to enjoy. Speaking of new, the Rotating Book Van will rotate another 350 titles into the library on June 29. You really have to come in and “judge” for yourself.
The three men I have loved, you ask? The first was named Julius (my dad), another one was Ludwig (my father-in-law), and for 31 years another great father to our three children, Galen.
Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
Happy Father’s Day Reading!