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Take advantage of your freedom to read

June 16, 2014 

As the Fourth of July nears, it’s a good time to reflect on our freedoms. Even the most basic of being able to read.

We see a stark contrast between the kidnapping of 300 girls in Nigeria, denying them the opportunity to learn, while local groups, like the River Hills Lions Club, give away free books to students at Kinard Elementary School three times a year.

In 1933, the Germans wanted to shut out books that didn’t fit in with Nazi goals. One night, they burned 25,000 of them.

Who started America’s first free lending library? One of our founding fathers, of course, Ben Franklin in 1731. For a short time, he also served as a librarian. Imagine, virtually any book you want to read, free.

It’s something we take for granted, but it is fought for time and time again at places like Omaha Beach, which just this month celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Our York County Public Library system continues to provide access to the world through books, video, programs and more. Lake Wylie Public Library marked its silver anniversary of 25 years in this community and continues to serve us well.

We encourage you to express your “simple” freedom of reading. Sign up for the library’s annual summer program, which kicked off last week, for children and adults. This year’s theme, which is used at thousands of libraries across the country, is “Fizz, Boom, Read,” so there’s an emphasis in all the programming on science.

The library is looking to improve on last summer’s record-breaking summer reading performance that saw more than 23,000 area children attending programming and 111,776 materials circulated in children’s print materials.

Summer reading runs through Aug. 1. Participants don’t even need to have a library card to register.

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