To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~ Chinese saying
Books, glorious books! Many of us bibliophiles have stacks of books next to our beds or beside a comfy chair waiting to be read as soon as we can get to them. We might even groan out loud when we consider how long we’ve borrowed books from a friend or the overdue fees we know await us at the library. What a luxury it is to be a lover of books with access to as many titles as we can get our hands on.
For many students supported by Love Without Boundaries in China, books are loved but also very precious to own. Books in English for those studying the language are especially sought after and treasured. Thanks to the English Speaking Union of Philadelphia, our Mama’s Wish students know the joy of enjoying academic resource books and novels at the beginning of this school year. The English Speaking Union is an organization “committed to promoting scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.” http://www.englishspeakingunion.org/branch_page.asp?ch=philadelphia One way the organization promotes scholarship is by collecting gently used dictionaries, thesauruses, and classic novels in English to share with students around the world who can make good use of them.
Recently a shipment was received in China from Philadelphia. As you can see from the photos, our Mama’s Wish students were first thrilled and then quickly absorbed in reading. Teachers were so delighted with opportunities for English reading that they set time aside before classes began for students to look through the titles, as well as reading time in class. We look forward to hearing about the new and old friends made by our students as they enjoy this wonderful gift of literature and learning material.
Thank you English Speaking Union of Philadelphia! Your thoughtful and generous gift has provided countless learning opportunities, memorable reading moments, and an entire new class of bibliophiles.