Yesterday when I went to my local library I saw a mother with three young daughters checking out an armful of books. “Oh,” I said to her, “I remember my mother bringing me and my sister to the library when we were little.” She smiled. Then today, I read aloud to an elderly client. And this evening, searching Google Images for the phrase “reading aloud,” I discovered that in Australia, 2012 is the National Year of Reading. Hurray for books, reading, and stories that last a lifetime!