Thursday, February 19, 2009

Libre-ria or...f-read-om

Libraries, in my opinion, symbolize the freedom of the soul...

For example take the word itself. In Spanish "libre" means free. "Libreria" is a bookshop and it also means "freedom"...

Books contain thoughts, written words that will be forever. What is the expression in Latin? "Scripta mannet" ('the written word stays with you while spoken words fly away'-or something like that).

I love having conversations like the above with children. Love to talk to them about the freedom they will experience once they start reading a book or when they visit a library and smell, feel, touch an old book's cover. I still remember the first book my father gave me. I found it difficult to read at the time, since I was too little. I couldn't even understand what the title meant..."50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth"...

I still have that reminds me of the days that parents bought books instead of dolls and children used to read more books and play less computer games. In the end I like to show this picture to my students and say..."reading is the way to freedom. Any thoughts why?"...

P.S The above is a picture I found while surfing on the net. It is from ABFFE (American Bookseller Foundation For Free Expression). I find it pretty clever and a nice stimulus for creative conversation.

Take care now
peace and love


Candie Bracci said...

I really enjoyed reading your post.

Colette Amelia said...

You are a great teacher! loved your post!

Mrsupole said...

Everything you said is so true. Reading does give you freedom. That is why repressive countries want to keep their population uneducated. Education teaches people to think their own thoughts and to make their own choices. So reading does equal freedom.

Awesome post, and you must be a great teacher. Your students are very lucky to have you.

Thank you for visiting my webpage.

Take care and God bless.

subtorp77 said...

Impressive post. From it I have learned a bit more, that I'd not know or had forgotten. For this I can thank you.

Squirrel said...

I love this post--the pictures! I love the fREADom poster and want to make one--nice poster art project for kids.

Cuppa Jo said...

Yes, I was thinking of the spanish translations as well, I just didn't get very far with it. I miss those days of children who read and play, now they sit and watch tv, or play video games, or on the computer. What a sad life of constant external stimulus. I always hope that I might inspire a child to read, or if barring that, be a nurse. But that's another topic.

Mariane said...

So true what you say.

Even if you did not mention it, it's shows that you are a teacher. :o)

Cinnamon said...

I never thought about the origins of the word before- of course there are some countries in the world where people are not free to read and books are restricted- or just not available. Those of us who have access to libraries/books are lucky.

Very thoughtful post :)

tut-tut said...

There is nothing more important than giving someone a book!

Megan said...

I gave books to my nieces for Christmas. I think I will be the "book-giving" Aunt from now on!

Kris said...

Books are grand.

Marianna said...

hey you all!

Thank you for your comments!

candie Bracci: Thank you!

Colette Amelia: I Don't know if I am a good teacher...I know that I am trying to be though :-)

mrsupole: yes I agree with you. The freedom of the mind is important in order to have control of your life :-)

subtorp77: thank you, glad you like it :-)

squirrel: yes it is a nice pic. Thank you for visiting!

Cuppa Jo: unfortunately that is the way of the world today. let's hope that things are going to change in the future. Who knows, it's up to us I think :-)

mariane: merci beaucoup!

Cinnamon: thank you for stopping by. It is sad in 2009 to have countries with no book access, isn't it?

tut-tut: I agree 100%

Megan: so great that you are the book giving aunt. I am one myself!

Kris: yeah they are ;-)

Thank you all and I am glad that you enjoyed it! happy theme Thursday!! Till next time,

take care

lettuce said...

thats a great poster


tony said...

Yes ! A Book Is A Book But ALSO a Key!
Great Big Post!Thank You.

Marianna said...

Thank you Tony, glad you stopped by! yes I agree with you on the key thing...the key to knowledge, wisdom, art...(and the list goes on and on and on....:-)

Take care
peace and love