I remember as a child signing up for my very own library card. It was the first form of identification I had (besides the birth certificate, of course) and it was the first time I have ever felt what would eventually be called bouts of “impulse shopping”. If I wanted something, it was as simple as picking it off the shelf, taking it to the librarian and swiping a card.
As time progressed, my love for the library and interest in reading became overshadowed with lengthy school research papers and the desire to veg out to TV reruns in my spare time. The Internet has only dampened the feeling further.
I admit that I fall into this category of 20-somethings who would prefer to have 100 different stories at my fingertips (I have a Nook HD that I absolutely love) over one book that could easily be 2-3 times the size. However, there is no better a way to keep your mind with the story and away from distractions than using a book. While e-book readers and e-book sales have been strong, many are saying that choosing between paperbacks and hardcovers may soon be a thing of the past. The feel of the pressed pages, leather binding and fabric ribbon bookmark is something that isn’t just part of reading a book, it enhances the very experience. It’s worrisome that the decline of the book as we know it may be inevitable.
That’s why it is important to know that October was National Book Month. National Book Month, the awareness month created by the National Book Foundation, will not be formally recognizing the project this year. While this is baffling to think of (just think of all of the awareness months that we cover that make an appearance annually) it does give you the chance to pick up the torch. Visit a local library today and learn how you can help. And if you want to really spread the joy of reading a book and the importance it has on our culture, check out some of our custom imprinted books.