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What Did You Read Today? Elaina takes the National Reading Campaign challenge


We asked Elaina, a teen customer at Alta Vista:  What Did You Read Today?

The Time Machine “Today, I read many things.

This morning I woke up and read the time on my alarm clock several times. I also read my emails as well as all my news on Facebook, making sure I didn't miss anything super exciting during the night. Aside from finding out that someone was excited by the snow and that someone else was missing her boyfriend, no life changing posts were read.

When I went to school, I read a few chapters ofFahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451  The Time Machine  by H.G. Wells. I also read a few pages of the novel Fahrenheit 451 for my English class assignment. Then I went home and read The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, for the millionth time.

I love reading because it is the best way to escape from a  normal life. In just a few pages, you're no longer just a teenage girl living in Ottawa, but a traveler going through time and meeting all these new people and having the biggest adventures. You're a girl with The Awakeningpowers to raise the dead, on the run with sorcerers, witches, demons, werewolves and ghosts. You're anything you want to be, because you don't have to be normal in a book. I think that everyone should experience such things, and that can only be done by reading."



“What did you read today?” is a public awareness campaign created by the National Reading Campaign to help make reading a national priority. 

For the rest of the year, the Ottawa Public Library will be asking that question to Ottawans and posting their answers in this staff blog.  We invite you to participate in the conversation by posting your answer in our blog’s comments.  

Since 2008, the National Reading Campaign has brought together people from every region of Canada who are concerned about Canada’s changing reading habits.