Friday, February 08, 2008

The high point ...

... of my tenure as book editor may have occurred a week ago today, when I received this email from Christine Adair of Philadelphia's Family Court. I had donated several postal bins of books to them earlier that week. (Christine, by the way, knows I'm quoting her email.) She wrote:

I was going to a meeting yesterday and passed the waiting room for a court that has older kids attending. I asked if anyone wanted a book to read, and every kid followed me to my storage space. They too took their time and made several selections.

You made kids who have very little smile a great deal.
Some took enough to start their own libraries.

Now that's something to be proud of. It also demonstrates how important books can be.


  1. Anonymous6:55 PM

    So does this mean that the Books section is truly dead, Frank?

  2. Somewhat diminished, Ed, but not dead.

  3. You're right, Frank - a moment to make all the battles worth fighting!

  4. Anonymous9:06 AM

    How different from Susan Hill's experience, when she tried to give books to a UK young offender's institution! Not allowed.