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March 22, 2019

Three young kids from a Gruver family volunteered last summer for something called StoryBridge in Amarillo and learned that not all kids have books at home to read.

“We were surprised by the number of children who do not have early access to such materials at home,” one of them said.

Not everyone has a library in their town. Not everyone lives in town. Not everyone knows about public libraries. Not everyone knows they’re welcome into a library. Not everyone can count on being able to get the books back in time.

Whatever the reasons, it is sometimes just nice to have your own book.

So, the Gruver kids came home and started to collect children’s books. Nearly 200 of them. And they sent them home with elementary kids from pre – kindergarten to fourth grade. Now the Junior Honor Society is going to continue the program, collecting and organizing book donations for the program. The take board books to chapter books and find good homes for them.

It started with volunteering.

It started with learning about other people.

It started with caring.

Do you have any children’s books that need a new home? If you drop off your books at the Main Street Guymon office at 116 NE Fifth Street or at Brown and Associates Insurance at 917 N. Main in Guymon, then we’ll find good homes for them. Homes that might have kids wanting a book.

My favorite children’s book when my kids were little was “Stand back, said the Elephant.” Stand back said the elephant, I’m going to sneeze. I don’t mean to harm you, I don’t wish to alarm you, but I fear, oh, dear …. Yes, you get the idea. Great book!

And then when my grandchildren were born, my eldest grandson loved Curious George. Probably because that’s what I read to him all the time. Curious George and Winnie the Pooh. And when he was little his Aunt Lisa and I took him to the Garden City Zoo to find Curious George. That little boy started yelling, “I found him! I found him!”

Life is better with books.

Life is better when we share books.

Life is good on the bricks.