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Library corner: Go ahead and judge a book’s cover

Madison Archer
Guest Writer
This week’s guest writer, Madison Archer, is a book lover and writing enthusiast from Granby.
Courtesy GCLD

At the library

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-887-2149.

Great Decisions – 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us for America’s largest discussion group on world affairs from the Foreign Policy Association. During this program, a different topic is discussed each week. Register for this free program at http://www.gcld.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Fraser Valley Library. For more info, call 970-726-5689.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Let us help you learn to use your devices with ease. To register, call 970-887-2149.

Meet the Experts Storytime: Let’s Write — 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. At this special Storytime, we will focus on write, one of the five early literacy practices—read, write, talk, sing, and play—that help children develop the foundation for reading. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Storytime — 11 a.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. For more info, call 970-627-8353.

Brown Bag Book Group — 12:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. More info at http://www.gcld.org.

Afterschool Program – 5 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us after school for crafts, activities, movies, games, and more! For more info, call 970-627-8353.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. Presented thanks to a grant from Growing Readers Together. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Monday, Feb. 17

President’s Day – All GCLD facilities CLOSED.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

English Classes – 10 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Participate in these free English as a Second Language classes. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. To register, call 970-887-2149.

Virtual Reality – 4 p.m. at Kremmling Library. Virtual Reality is a new technology that’s fun for gaming, creating music, or traveling to new worlds - all without leaving your library. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Granby Library. For more info, call 970-887-2149.

Afterschool Club – 3:45 p.m. at Fraser Valley Library. For more info, call 970-726-5689.

Family Movie Night – 4:45 p.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Family Movie Night is open to all ages, and G or PG movies will be shown. No registration required. For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

Great Decisions – 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Register for this free program at http://www.gcld.org.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Fraser Valley Library. For more info, call 970-726-5689.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. To register, call 970-887-2149.

Storytime — 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Storytime — 11 a.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. For more info, call 970-627-8353.

Teen Craft Afternoon: String Art – 4 p.m. at Kremmling Library. Join us for a fun afternoon with music and refreshments as we experiment with string art! 5th grade and up only, please. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

Afterschool Program – 5 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. For more info, call 970-627-8353.

Friday, Feb. 21

LEGO @ the Library – 1 p.m. at Granby Library. Bring your imagination and the Library will provide the LEGOs. Create! Share! Play! For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Young Adult Writer’s Workshop – 2 p.m. at the Kremmling Library. For ages 11-19. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

For years, especially when I was in school, reading was something I detested ­— not necessarily the act of reading itself, but the fact that it always felt like an obligation and not a choice.

Schools are pressuring kids to read, and while that’s great, most students — teens and youngsters alike — have the childish mentality of not wanting to do something because they were told they needed to do it. Plus, with reading levels handed out that end up putting kids in a box that tells them what they can and cannot read, it makes it much harder for them to find something they may enjoy because their selection has been cut down exponentially. The freedom of being able to pick what they want to read is limited.

One day, for a reason I cannot remember, I was browsing the young adult section at the Granby Library when a flash of blue caught my eye on one of the shelves. It was “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Lani Taylor. Now, I know we’re all taught to never judge a book by its cover, but pretty covers are made for a reason: to draw readers in. This cover pulled me in. This book was the first in a trilogy, each book spanning roughly 400 pages, and was the first trilogy I managed to finish in a weekend. I can now finish a 400-page book in four hours if it manages to captivate me. My newfound love of reading helped plant the seeds from which my love of writing would grow. Within the last several years, both reading and writing have become overwhelming passions of mine.

Students shouldn’t be told what they can and cannot read, as there is no room for them to grow, nor is there the freedom they may need to actually find something they will enjoy. When I was in school, my reading level was rather low, and all the books within that level could never capture my interests. All of the more difficult books always kept pulling my attention.

However, because I was put into a box that firmly outlined what I could and couldn’t read, I was stuck. I wasn’t reading like I was supposed to be, and my grades greatly suffered from it. But because I was able to have freedom at the library without the restrictions of a reading level holding me back, I managed to become engrossed in an entirely new world, and eventually many others followed. My love for reading got so bad that my teacher at the time, Ms. Gallagher, had to scold me for reading in class. Oops.

I believe that if the reading levels were lifted, and if kids were given more freedom to decide what they wanted to read, more would be willing to read. And perhaps along the way, they may also find that they love writing, just as I have.


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