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“Because whatever you do doesn't mean a hill of beans if you don't get some joy out of it or be angry about it or make it better. So I watched other people read books to the kids and the kids would sit and they would be around and all of this. And I said, I'm going to make the book mine, gonna be my book. I'm going to read it, but there's an old saying among black people, you tell a story and it's no longer yours, it becomes the story of that next person, the way they see it, the way they understand it. So when I started to read, I noticed that the kids would sit around and... but if I made the noises and if I described what it meant to me and what it's like, then the book is mine and they watched and they listen. Their faces lit up and all of a sudden it was something else and I thought, that's it!” -- Miss Edna Williams, a volunteer storyteller at Denver's Ford-Warren Branch Library since 1992. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about #IAmDenver.
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