GSU’s Library

“To read is to examine and grasp the meaning of written or printed characters, words, or sentences. To discern and interpret the nature or significance of –something- through close examination or sensitive observation. To learn or get knowledge of from something written or printed. To attribute a certain interpretation or meaning. To receive or comprehend . . . ” (Free Dictionary, by Farlex).

Since its origins with the Sumerians in the Mesopotamia five thousand years ago, the written word has been the medium to immortalize knowledge and pass it from generation to generation. To read is to enlighten ourselves; to open doors to different worlds, times and realities. To exercise our brain and our right to know.

“The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated,” (Annie Murphy Paul, Annie. Your Brain on Fiction. The New York Times. 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 8 Sep. 2016).

The more you read the better, but don’t forget to be a responsible consumer and conserve our precious resources. There are public libraries in most communities where you can rent or borrow all kinds of books. You can also purchase used books in great condition for a great price at many neighborhood book stores or online. And, for those who own an e-book compatible device, reading electronic books can save tons of resources as well.

Sharing your books with others is also a great way to apply the ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ green rule. Lend, exchange, resell, donate, or gift your used books. Recommend your favorite ones, keep on reading, and spread the word!