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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Off the Shelf — Recommend a good book


With school back in session, the majority of the books I will be reading now will fall under children’s literature genre. My son, Kevin, and I picked up two bags full of books at Nichols Library for the kindergarten class I assist. The students have the opportunity to pick a book to look through when they arrive in the morning and while waiting for other classmates to finish an activity. Since this is a new group of students, I enjoy watching them choose from the pile of books as I learn what stories will be this class’s favorites.

A co-worker did give me a historical fiction book by Rose Melikan, The Blackstone Key, commenting that she enjoyed reading it this past summer. That book along with Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs, recommended to me by my son, John, have been added to my list of books to read in the evenings.

Recommended books are such a treat since I usually can ask if the book has a “happy ever after ending” and thus a perfect fit for me. My daughter, Katie, has been encouraging me to use goodreads.com to post favorites and find new books to read. I am only just starting to use the website so will add more about it in another column.

Drop Dead Healthy interests me, as I attempt to make healthier choices in my life these days. I would like to invite Positively Naperville readers to join my family and I as we participate in Scott’s Walk 2012 to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization which raises funds for cancer research.

Scott’s Walk 2012 will be held at DuPage River Sports Complex in Naperville, on Sun., Sept. 23. More information can be found at the West Suburban Irish website, www.wsirish.org.

This will be the fourth annual walk in honor of my nephew Scott Zager, who died after a short battle with testicular cancer. Scott, a remarkable 19-year-old, touched many people with his quiet unassuming demeanor. It is the hope that Scott’s Walk 2012 will not only raise funds for cancer research but also increase awareness for the many different types of cancer that affect our loved ones, in particular testicular cancer.

Enjoy a book with someone special today.


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Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan is a Naperville resident, wife, mother of five, and acknowledged bookaholic. Contact her at mary_corrigan@sbcglobal.net.