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May 21, 2014
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It had been a long week. Our 10 hour drive from Wilshire Baptist Church to the Rio Grande Valley had ended in a torrential rainstorm.  As the days passed, the rain softened to a drizzle and then into ever-present mud--neither of which were ideal conditions for building the bookcases we hoped to distribute at our Thursday book fair.  But where there's a will there's a way, so after securing a dry spot, our group went to work sawing and hammering.


Bookcases complete, Thursday finally rolled around, and the church's parking lot filled with neighbors ready for the book fair.  The excitement zinged through the air.  The church doors opened, and kids ran in ready to read.  Moms examined each bookcase to ensure choosing the best one.  Teens lingered over the book selection, ever-so-casually-and-coolly picking out their young adult novels.


Our Wilshire group had not expected such enthusiasm.  During reading time, one of our volunteers silently signaled me to come over.  "Look at their faces," she mouthed as she turned the book's pages.  I looked and the children's faces shone, fully engaged and soaking up the words and pictures.  Grande and pequeo, arriba and abajo, the kids lapped up the book about opposites with a hunger I had never seen.

As we packed up and headed toward home, our group began to remark on the enthusiasm for reading we had seen.  We so often take for granted the stories that are at our fingertips.  Books are a dime-a-dozen.  They fill our houses and our bookshelves.  We forget what it means to read--the power it gives us, the new worlds it opens, the possibilities it can encourage.  But for the families that we served that week, a book meant an adventure and a new horizon.  A book was something special, and literacy signaled hope.


Building bookcases and collecting donated books had not seemed like a big deal to us back in Dallas.  Yet when they were placed in the hands of the children we met in the Rio Grande Valley, they became significant:  ink and color signs of hope and paper-backed dreams.   


Britt Carlson, Wilshire Baptist Church Pastoral Resident  


"It's all Greek to me!"

This week, to celebrate 10 years of Literacy Connexus, we're looking at 10 proverbs from around the world.

Number 5 captures the idea of Books for the Border and Beyond  impacting families far into the future . Church volunteers inevitably feel rewarded for their participation, but can only just imagine the long-term benefits of the beginning home libraries they give away.

Which proverb speaks to you? 
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
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Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor   

Trivia Challenge 
1.Bands of murderers and robbers in India, roaming the countryside from the 1600s through the early 1800s, give us the English word:


a) bully


b) hooligan


c) marauder


d) thug

2.Chinese dim sum literally means:


a) to fill your soul


b) to make amends


c) to touch your heart


d) to wake you up 

3. Aristedes was an ancient Athenian statesman who lived from 530 BC - 468 BC. He was nicknamed The Just, and is remembered for his generalship in the Persian War. A more recent Aristedes became famous as the:


a) winning horse in the first Kentucky Derby in 1875


b) winner of the first modern day Olympic marathon in Athens in 1896


c) White House barber during the Clinton presidency


d) 2011 World Car of the Year 



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