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It was so good to see an article, such as Katherine Branch’s “The axe for the frozen sea …” in the January 1998 C&RL News, that extolled the value of reading. I would like to emphasize reading next year on our campus, but I have been hesitant in light of all the emphasis on technology, but your article gives me hope.

The Arts and Sciences Division just sponsored a colloquium on Cold Mountain. Everyone on campus was encouraged to read the book and then discuss it. One of the English instructors led a lively discussion. I would like to work with the Arts and Sciences Division to sponsor more such book discussions.

Thanks for the reference to the Library of Congress site on Building a Nation of Readers. I will go there right after I write this message.

I believe in all the new technologies, but I really feel as Branch does, that reading still has a vital place in our world. Thanks again for your inspiring article.— Scott Cohen, head librarian. Jackson State Community College, scoben@jscc.cc.tn.us

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