|(Photo credit: Alpine IHC chose Extreme Ownership as their crew book for 2016)|
We challenge you take a moment to watch "How and Why We Read" and then read on.
As John Green states in the video, "writing and the ability to read it are markers of civilization." Long before the advent of motion pictures and virtual reality, books provided a means for us to experience worlds other than our own. Unlike watching a movie, readers form their own images of characters and their experiences. Reading invokes empathy, allowing us to "feel" what it is like to be somewhere or someone else.
|(Sean Kibbe holding books from the 2016 Reading Challenge; photo credit: Washington DNR)|
"How and Why We Read" Video Highlights
- We privilege reading and writing because they allow us to communicate directly and transparently with people who live very far away from us.
- Stories are about communication.
- Good writing is an outgrowth of the urge to use language to communicate complex ideas and experiences between people.
- Books exists for the benefit of readers.
- Reading is always an act of empathy.
- Readers have power in the conversation.
- Reading connects us together.
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John Green contends that by understanding language you will:
- Have a fuller understanding of lives other than your own, which
- Will help you be more empathetic, thereby
- Giving you the linguistic tools to share your own story with more precision.
- Commit to reading on a daily basis. Read something, anything. Just make time to read!
- Visit the Professional Reading Program library and take part in this year's reading challenge. ~ COMING SOON!
- Download a copy of the Wildland Fire Book on Books from our archives.
- Participate in book discussion groups.
- Connect through reading. Read as a team/unit/group/family.
- Share your reading stories with us.