And that would be different, of course. I just hate the way some people think libraries are unnecessary; I'd posit that, all things considered, they may be more necessary now.
Originally Posted by Fazor
Oh, yes--I remember those. Though I never based my decision on the cover picture. Actually, I think ours was Scholastic, and we got the catalogue in advance. When I was in elementary school, they had The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, for some reason, and several of my friends got into it, probably while too young to get a lot of the jokes. My mother used to hate those Sports Illustrated for Kids commercials, though, the ones where they told you it was how to get your kids to start reading. She wanted us to stop and maybe clean our rooms instead. She'd go on base every six weeks or so to do major shopping (my dad retired a few months before I was born as a twenty-year man in the Air Force), and she'd always bring us home a book.
Besides, there's something wonderful about the smell of a new, shiny paper-back. Takes me back to the days of the "Book Fairs" at school, when they'd convert a classroom into a book store, and you could take the two or three dollars your parents gave you and go buy a couple of random books based on what pictures were on the cover. Or the scholastic book catalogues, and the day your order came in. We weren't allowed to buy a lot of things when we were little, but my parents always let us get a few books. I think they just were happy we were excited to read. I was, anyway. My brother's not much of a reader.
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