As a kid I LOVED to read. My ideal Saturday was spent curled up in bed with a good Goosebumps book, followed a couple years later by marathon Fear Street sessions. Then I went to college, and my love of reading was overshadowed by the ominous presence of textbooks in my life. I managed to squeeze in the Harry Potter series toward the end of college, just before the CPA exam invaded my life, leaving in its wake an intense repulsion for books. I guess you could say I broke up with books for a few years. I didn’t really feel like I was missing out on anything until someone introduced me to the Twilight saga… and that old love came fluttering back ripping me away from that desolate bookless place. I never looked back. Next to work and home, the library is the place I visit most each week. Memoirs, books on cd, cookbooks, books about chefs, books about learning to cook, books about anything involving food whatsoever—all of them have a daily presence in my life now, and I can’t imagine how I survived without them.
Since moving to Charlotte, my love of the library has exploded. This could be due to their awesome iPhone app, or that I can walk there on my lunch break, or that when I tweet the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, they tweet back. (yes!)
Given this obsession, I’m very excited to participate in the 3rd annual Charlotte Rock & Read 5K on Saturday November 3rd. All proceeds for the race benefit the books and materials budget of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Besides the great cause, the Charlotte Rock & Read is an awesome race to run because there will be music at every mile and a festival at the finish line including FOOD and MIMOSAS!
The generous friends of the library provided me with one free registration for the 2012 Rock & Read 5K, 1 Mile Run Run/Walk, or Kids Dash to give away to one reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know why you love the library. For a bonus entry, share this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.
Giveaway ends at midnight Thursday October 18th, and I’ll contact the winner via email on Friday October 19th!
If you can’t make it to the race but you’d like to donate, click here to make a donation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.