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What was your favorite book or story growing up?

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What was your favorite book or story growing up?

What was your favorite book or story growing up?

It’s a question many of us can answer almost immediately with minimal thought. Maybe you have one that you read so many times you needed to get a second copy. Maybe you had a series of books you liked. Maybe you just read magazines.

For me, it was Care Bear books. I had a stack of them that I read through at night when I couldn’t sleep. Sometimes I was afraid of a thunderstorm and needed a book to calm me down. Sometimes I was nervous about a test at school the next day and thought the Care Bears might come and save me from it.  Mostly though, I just liked having books around me. Books were my stuffed animals (although I did have some of them too.)

There are of course, generational books that fill this “childhood favorite” role for man people. Anne of Green gables fits this role. Today, with the return of Anne to television, or at least to streaming services, my own kids have taken an interest in Anne.

Winnie the Pooh and Charlie Brown have also been a childhood friend to many. And then there are the books like The Hobbit and Harry Potter that continue to bring in new audiences, young and old, all the time.

Right now, there is a small collection of these kinds of books on display in the Library. It is one thing to look at the books and remember the first time you read them. It is a whole other thing to see these books and wonder how many times the person who brought them in read them. And why.

And, selfishly, I wonder if they read their favorites as many times as I read mine or if they created elaborate make-believe stories with their literature-based friends.

Stop by the Library and look at the Library staff’s childhood favorites.

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