Making the Mundane Magical


There are entire worlds and kingdoms we’ve never seen, and might never see with our own eyes. Places so distant and so unique they seem unreal. Yet they exist and are waiting for us to explore through reading.

Reading opens new doors; helps us discover new perspectives. Books give us temporary access to places, people, and ideas we had never even considered before. We have the power to travel through time and space, as soon as we begin reading. Let the words guide you down paths you never noticed or walk you through exotic countries or even new worlds. Blaze a new trail in your life through reading. 

In a world filled with access to good books, we become stronger people. We can educate ourselves about so many things. Not just science and history, but psychology and emotion.  We can identify with characters and learn ideas for solutions to our real life problems through reading about both historical and fictional victories over the obstacles of life. And we can become more in tune with the people around us – the ones we will relate to face to face.

Which words do you use to describe you?

Which words do you want to share with the world?



Reading = Magical Possibilities

GIVE MORE H.U.G.S hosts annual “Book Share” Fair

It is so exciting to receive a book as a gift, and GIVE MORE H.U.G.S generated a lot of excitement last week in four schools in Port  Chester, NY by holding their annual book share fair.

This group’s Mission is begins in its name: Helping Unite Giving Souls to provide students in need with the tools to inspire a love for learning, reading, and creativity. My kind of group!

GIVE MORE H.U.G.S. trains and deputizes “ambassadors” to help fulfill its mission. H.U.G.S. organizes events in areas where the scarcity of educational resources tries teachers and students alike.

One of the ambassadors at the book share fair said, “It was enlightening to see first hand how the whole project had been implemented from an idea to execution of the book share. . . [It] was an overwhelming success at four locations. . .I never realized I could make such an impact by such a small gesture.”

Unfortunately, I was not able to help at this fall’s book share. I was very disappointed that the lucky ambassador who got the privilege of reading to some of the children and spreading her passion for a good book was not me this year!

But I AM able to help get started on the next exciting book share event by collecting gently used books and bringing them to GIVE MORE H.U.G.S.. Before the next book share fair, HUGS takes the collected books and holds book signing events to draw attention to the literacy crisis. At the event they invite people to write inspirational messages to the future recipients of the books. I will keep you posted on their next event! Hopefully you can find a local chapter of HUGS and join in the mission of this wonderful non-profit organization.


© Jane F. Collen November 17, 2017

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The Ossining Bookmobile and author Jane F. Collen

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