Posted by Claire Zybert
“As long as we have books, we are not alone.”  Laura Bush
“When I walk out of a library with my arms full of books, I feel rich.”  My mom
Books have always held an important place in my life.  As a child, I loved to read and had a few books that I would check out of the library every chance I got:  Ramona by Beverly Cleary and Florence Nightingale: War Nurse by Ann Colver.  A slow reader, I learned to enjoy every word and immerse myself in the world created by the author. 
Beth Payne is a consular officer at the US Embassy in Rwanda and member of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga.  After the genocide of 1994, they had a passion “to build peace, stability, and security and Payne believed that literacy and access to information could support those goals.” Their club decided to build a library. “More than a Library” from the February issue of The Rotarian describes the efforts to raise funds and support for the project and the effects in the last 8 years. (It’s a great read!) “The library is a space that’s been created as a celebration of books, as a celebration of storytelling, as a celebration of literature.” The article motivated me to take a visit to my local library. 
I love it that our club has supported the KNPB Young Writer’s contest for the last four years.  The program encourages 5- to 8-year-olds to be creative and write a book.  They learn to develop their “voice” and get to illustrate as well.  This year’s theme is “Curious”.  The deadline for the contest is March 13, 2020.  The winners of the contest have their books on display at the Reno-Tahoe Airport for several months in the late spring.  I can’t wait to read this year’s sampling. 
What kind of story would YOU write based on this year’s theme? …. Are you curious?