Falling in Love with Reading


My name is Jen and you will find me working the circulation desk here at the Topsham Public Library.

I grew up in Topsham, and I used to frequent the library when Mrs. Coro sat behind the desk at the old house on Pleasant Street. I loved walking through the maze of little rooms with their uneven floors running my fingertips across the bindings of all those books. I used to sit at the table in one of those little rooms surrounded by encyclopedias writing big cat reports for my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson. It was in this enchanted book filled old home that I fell in love with reading.

My first favorite book was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I knew exactly on what shelf and where on that shelf it was supposed to be at the library. I don’t know why it was my favorite. Perhaps I was drawn to the vast difference in the times which Kit, the main character, and I lived in, or maybe it was due to the fact that Kit and I were of similar age. Whatever the reason, I loved it, and I have loved books ever since.

Do you remember the first book you fell in love with?