Read Across America Day: What We're Reading

Literacy | 03/02/2020

Claire Bresnahan
State Operations Coordinator

It's Read Across America Day today! At Stand for Children, we are champions of early literacy, so to honor the day and our own love of reading, staff members told us what they’re reading!  

Ivana Bejaran Rib, Parent Organizer  

The last book I read was The Power of Habit - it breaks down how as people we are made up of the habits we have grown to learn and how we can deconstruct them to change our behaviors.  I love reading because it allows me to learn new things and challenge my perspective of the world around me and what I think is set in stone. 

Janine Galiardi, Graphic Designer  

I just started reading Successful Aging by Daniel J. Levitin. I love reading books like this, because they remind me of how incredible our brains are, teach me how to take care of myself, and encourage me to question things I’ve believed in the past. Reading allows you to explore and discover so many new things so long as you are willing to sit down, turn down all the other noise in your day, and open your eyes and mind to someone else’s experiences and knowledge.   

Krista Spurgin, Executive Director  

I just finished reading Hidden Figures about the black female mathematicians who were key to the US’s space program. I love reading because it gives me a chance to experience deep learning of others’ lives through storytelling. 

Danielle DeSantis, State Organizing Director  

I’m reading Rocky Mountain: Fruit & Vegetable Gardening by Diana Maranhao which is turning out to be a pretty comprehensive guide for the ambitious gardening plans my partner and I have in mind for spring. I’m usually a fiction reader because I love getting lost in other worlds, other realities and the space that gives us to think more critically about our own worlds. But, this book has been a wonderful reminder that non-fiction is great, too—and that books can provide a depth of knowledge that you don’t always get from googling “gardening in Denver.” 

Kate Dando Doran, Communications Director 

I’ve been reading a lot of books about decluttering, organizing the simplifying at home the last couple months. My two favorites were Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White and When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley. We are working hard to make the spaces in our home work better for our family and getting rid of things we don’t use. These books both had practical advice about how to tackle decluttering spaces and simplifying your life.  I listened to these as audiobooks because with two kids under four, I read a lot of children’s books to them, but I don’t have as much time as I would like to sit down and read myself. Did you know you can use your library card to download audiobooks for free through apps like Libby or Hoopla? Another reason libraries are amazing! 

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