Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Catching People Reading

Today I was out for a run just as school was letting out (I live 2 blocks from a middle school and high school.) My heart was overwhelmed when I saw a middle school (maybe freshman) girl walking home with her nose buried in a book.

Do you remember doing that as a teen? I used to have to ride the school bus an hour to and an hour home from school. I remember propping my knees up on the seat in front of me and reading for nearly the entire ride.

When I was in middle school, the Indianola Public Library was located kitty corner from the middle school. My mom "trusted" me (or thought it was a good babysitter...) to go there after school to do my homework and wait until she could pick me up after she was done with work. I read SO MUCH at that library...explains why I feel so utterly at home in libraries.

But, it was a thrill to see a young person so intent on reading that she didn't see a middle-age woman huffing and puffing past her! It gave me an idea to maybe start a monthly meme on "Caught Reading" where people can post snapshots of people they know (or don't know) reading. It would be a fun people watching exercise now wouldn't it?


Terra said...

You have a good idea with the "caught reading" theme. I think describing it in words is ideal, or if you take a photo, get the ok from the person before posting it. I love reading and I am a writer and a librarian so this is a theme that is very dear to my heart.
Have you seen the park in your area dedicated to many different books and authors?

Tabitha said...

Yes! Bookworm Gardens is awesome...their grand opening is next weekend. I took my daughters a few weeks ago and they loved it. There's days that Sheboygan seems like a crummy place to live and then there are days that I'm awed I get to live her. Lake Michigan, Kettle Moraine, Arts Center, Maywood, etc. It's all amazing!

StephTheBookworm said...

I love seeing people reading.

Angie said...

Nice to meet you!

That sounds like a great idea. I was at our local swimming pool the other day and teenage girl saw me reading an Elizabeth Scott book. She started gushing about how much she loved the author. I wish I'd had more time to talk to her - but getting a shivering 5 year old out of a wet bathing suit isn't exactly a good time for literary discussion.