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Winter Read-a-Thon

If you like to read and would like to help raise some money for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, you might want to register for the Winter Read-a-Thon.  The Winter Read-a-Thon kicked off on January 8th and runs through February 19th. 

Register for the Winter Read-a-Thon at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location. For a $5 registration fee, you will receive a clock bookmark to help you track how much time you’ve read, plus a pledge form and calendar of related library events.  You can also register online

Tell your friends and family about the Library and how much you love to read – and how their pledges will help keep Pittsburgh well-supplied with books, magazines, audiobooks and other reading material.  Track how much time you spend reading between now and February 19, 2011. The more you read, the more money you raise!

So, what’s on my Reading Log so far?

I had selected a few poems to read for Saturday’s Family Read-Aloud that was held at CLP–Mt. Washington to kick off the Winter Read-a-Thon.  One of the poems was written by Alexandra Melvin, a finalist for the 2010 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest.


The oven beeps

The scent of caramelizing sugar permeates the air

The door opens and steam wafts out

A puddle of brown dough

Starts to cool on the tray

I just can’t wait

I pick one up

Still piping hot

Break it in half

Melted chocolate oozes out

I take a bite

The warm cookie melts in my mouth

Sending my taste buds on a journey

Bringing me back to my younger days of

Watching my mother pull a tray out of the oven

As I sit on the counter

Feet dangling above the floor

Eyes bright with anticipation

Waiting eagerly

For my own bite of happiness

Alexandra Melvin

Read more great poetry along with short stories and creative non-fiction in the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology 2010All of the poems, short stories and non-fiction essays were written by high school students from Allegheny County. 

I’ve also spent some time reading  The Story of Brutus by Casey Anderson.

From Chapter 8 “Fathers and Sons”:

“You only get one chance to make a first impression, but when it comes to a grizzly bear, you’d better hope that it is a good one.  I have been with several people during their first grizzly encounter, and the moment is always exhilarating and life-changing.  To walk on common ground with an animal who is both noble and regal, and who can kill you in seconds, is not only very humbling but makes you realize how wonderful and wild the world is.  It makes you feel alive.”  p. 61

So, what’s on your Reading Log?


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