So many lodges in Maine now support ‘Bikes for Books’. About 1,500 bikes and helmets will be given to youngsters this year but that’s nothing to the thousands more who’ll become life-long readers and learners, bettering our society! Your lodges and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation can be rightfully proud of this wonderful work!
BUT despite the tremendous efforts made for our youth, few Masons themselves read. Am I wrong? How many books have YOU, my Brother, read this past year? And yet there’s SO much of interest, even if you’re not a self-professed reader. Consider what you’ve missed: the gold swindle in Lubec, the gangland shooting in Bangor, a bank robbery in Mars Hill, what a Brother Maine Game Warden encountered in his years of service, and hundreds of other works about things that happened (or could have) right in your area in the past? (In some cases even, the future!) There are hundreds of books, both fiction and non, about things that could surely tweak your curiosity. From the creation of Moxie on to the Nazis landing in Bar Harbor, there’s fascination galore. And if you’ve got a phone or tablet which allows programs (those things called ‘apps’), you can have all of these stories in your pocket: a perfect alternative to when you get tired of waiting in the parking lot with that little blue book in your hand! (Every Mason understands that reference for sure….) If you want to learn more about how to enhance your reading, let’s talk. There’s a world out there just waiting for you, one that’s constantly expanding.