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If you’re anything like me, you treat reading like a sport --- one that requires very little physical activity, but tons and tons of dedication and enthusiasm. On Monday, however, I traded in my comfy chair and leggings for something a little more physical: axe-throwing…yes, you read that right, axe-throwing.

If you’re anything like me, you treat reading like a sport --- one that requires very little physical activity, but tons and tons of dedication and enthusiasm. On Monday, however, I traded in my comfy chair and leggings for something a little more physical: axe-throwing…yes, you read that right, axe-throwing.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, which began in 1958 after research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. In 1954, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers formed the National Book Committee, which was tasked with encouraging people to read, improving incomes and health, and even helping Americans develop strong and happy family lives --- all in a day's work! In 1957, the committee began planning National Library Week, and the first celebration began in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" And that's your book history lesson for the day!