By MATT CRANE
The love and need for reading is alive and well at the Starkville Public Library and one of its many supportive organizations, Starkville Reads, is gearing up for a new series of presentations beginning Thursday, March 21at 7 p.m. as Dean Chris Snyder from Mississippi State University presents on his book "The Making of Middle Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien."
SPL Director Ginny Holtcamp said she is grateful for groups like Starkville Reads for continuing to foster the love of reading in the city's residents, both young and old.
"It's a wonderful way to promote reading with a specific book that brings people into the library for these meetings and activities," she said. "It really promotes community literacy."
Holtcamp said that traffic in and out of the library has been gaining momentum lately, a development she and her co-workers are thrilled about.
"It's been huge and so many people are coming in doing all kinds of things," she said. "We have been busy, busy."
With strong children and teen reading programs, Holtcamp said it is still important to nourish that love of books in all of Starkville's citizens.
"What would our lives be like if we didn't have a book to read," she said. "For our older, younger and in between readers, books foster our love of adventure, new resources and new ideas."
With the spring season around the corner, Holtcamp said she and her team are always trying to keep up with the latest book trends and catering to seasonal readers.
"Our goal is to be on top of what is happening in the publishing world — what are people learning and talking about, what's in the news and who has published recently," she said. "We pull out displays all the time for readers when it comes to specific holidays and seasons."
Gearing up for Starkville Reads's program on Tolkien, Holtcamp said the library already has a display celebrating the famed author of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit," special worlds that still resonate with readers today.
"No matter how many times you read it, you will always get something out of it," she said. "The books are just excellent and it's that special world of fantasy that is filled with all kinds of philosophy and things to gather from it."
"The Making of Middle Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien" program begins 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Starkville Public Library and is sponsored by Starkville Reads.
For more information, visit http://www.starkvillereads.org .