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probably the most important thing to ever happen in my life.

I grew up in a small town in the Midwest long before Reading Rainbow, but what really saved my literacy bacon was being lucky enough to live one block from the town library — and also to have that library (we’re talking the ’70s here) be the only building other than the school that had air conditioning and allowed kids. I spent all summer every summer there, all day basking in the glory of not sweating… And if you’re going to be in a library 10 hours a day, you might as well read… In this way I figured out young that books and reading and (eventually) writing were the tickets to pretty much everything good in life. I totally identify, Geoff.

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