The summer that I was 14, I went spent a week or so at my grandmother's house. It was there I discovered her old books. Somehow I became glued to her oversized volume of Jane Eyre with its woodcut illustrations. Since there was not much to do at her house on rainy afternoons, I managed to finish the book.
Did you yawn at the titles in your grandparents' bookshelves -- Boring old stuff written by Sophocles, John Donne, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain and Edgar Rice Burroughs? What about Jane Austen? Did your family sell those books long ago? Do you wish you could reclaim some of them? Don't worry about doing that. They probably had a little mold on them anyway, and they would make you sneeze.
If you want to read any of those books, or even sample a chapter of selected volumes, here's an easy way: visit http://www.readprint.com for an on-line library at your fingertips. This could be a good resource for a student in your family, or it might simply give you a chance to catch up on your reading of the classics. This library is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. You don't need to lower your voice or present your library card. An added advantage is that you'll never have to dust these books.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek