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Enjoy a good book with friends

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

Do you enjoy a good book? Would you love to have a chance to talk to others who're reading the same book? Well, you may soon get that chance.

The Central Kentucky News-Journal is interested in sponsoring a community book group. With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group would meet once every few months.

There would be no membership or mandatory attendance or even dues. Just a group of people getting together to talk about a great book.

Once the group gets started, a new book can be selected every three months, for a total of four books a year. We can also invite authors to Campbellsville for a book reading and signing event.

We hope it will be fun for residents and also bring some attention to the problem of illiteracy in our world today. I hope that those who might not have picked up a book in awhile might be interested enough to join us for this event.

I've chosen the first book selection myself, but others can be chosen by the group as a whole. I both laughed and cried aloud as I read "Marley & Me," the heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

The book was written by John Grogan, a former newspaper columnist in Florida and Pennsylvania, and is available in an adult version as well as an adapted version for young adults.

Elaine Munday, librarian at Taylor County Public Library, said if there is enough interest in the reading group that she would make several copies of the book available at the library.

I hope that residents who buy the book themselves will read it and pass it on to a friend, which will allow even more people to join in the fun.

Too many people today don't read merely for the enjoyment it provides. And, what's worse, even more don't find enjoyment in reading ... or don't read at all.

We all use words each and every day of our lives. We use words at the grocery. We use them to drive. We use them at school and at work. We use them to tell others how we feel.

We depend on words every single day of our lives. But far too many people can't read them.

In fact, 40 percent - 1 million - of Kentucky's working population cannot read at all or have very limited to moderate reading ability. With these dismal numbers, it's important to encourage children's interest in reading, and start at a young age.

Enticing young children to read can often be difficult. At such a tender age, not many are interested in news or events that don't affect them. But if we can catch their attention when they're young, we hope that in time they'll be come lifelong readers.

That's where a good story comes in.

When I have free time, which isn't too often these days, I enjoy nothing more than sitting down with a book.

If that sounds good to you too, please drop me an e-mail at editor@cknj.com. Let me know you're interested in a book group and we'll see what we can make happen.