I have a netbook and a Kindle. I could read any number of newspapers on either one of those. But I love to read the hard copy of the newspaper and, because I live in State College, that daily newspaper is the Centre Daily Times. It arrives with a thump at my front door and, in case I don't hear that, my two dogs raise a big ruckus to let me know that someone has thrown something at our house. One time, the paper deliverer wrapped some dog treats in the paper, but that never stopped them from barking. My husband and I compete as to who will get the paper first. Whoever gets it, carries it around with them until they are ready to read it. If you put it down, it is fair game. We both like the front section and usually read interesting tidbits to each other. Then we might get into a heated discussion about that issue. The letters to the editor often raise one of those issues. He reads the sports section, but I just want the comics and the crossword puzzle. I read comics online and I even get Calvin & Hobbes in my email every day, but I still prefer to read them in the paper. My favorite part of the paper is definitely the crossword - I tried doing it online (it is the same one), but it is not the same! You can just delete your mistakes as if you never made any. I do my crossword in ink and then I have to write over it when I'm wrong. That is half the challenge and makes you far more hesitant to actually write down an iffy answer. FYI - there is a blog for the LA crossword - it is really neat to read if you still don't know what the answer meant after you fill it in. (just Google LA crossword blog).
So, coming this Sunday, the Centre Daily Times will be publishing the Centre County Reads Breakfast Serial. It fills all the requirments for a great newspaper experience - looking forward to the next installment, sharing the story with your family, competing to get it first, and reading the best parts out loud. The story, Reading the Clouds, is a mystery about a previous news story that you might remember - when someone jumped out of an airplane with a significant amount of money and disappeared. So, I hope you will add this to your list of summer reading adventures. If you miss a chapter, we keep a copy of story at the library. And let us know what you think about it.
Most of all, keep reading. Summer Reading is the best kind!