For me, reading takes me on an adventure--either to a new country, a new century, a new planet. You get lost in the story, become part of the plot, root for the underdog, cheer for the heroes, cry for those lost. The moment I open a book, I know that I am going to be taking a journey. Reading can be an escape from the madness, rushing, stress of the modern world and it gives you permission to slow down, chill, learn. Kid's should be granted access to books from an early age and a well stocked library is a wonderful place for them to begin their passion to read.