May 24, 2012
Letter from the Editor

Ownership & Membership

Fresh are the memories of the time when I received my first book collection as a gift. I was young and that was many years ago, yet the sensation of ownership over the books is clearly remembered.


The gift of the book collection was wholly mine, I could open the pages, leaf through the many volumes whenever I wanted; the information was there at my convenience. I also experienced a sense of being included and gained membership amongst the other people who owned books and were seeking knowledge.


Attracted to learning, books and the information contained therein, I have always collected books, bought cheap books wherever possible and would even collect books from the streets that people had thrown away in the trash. Yes, from the trash!


As a self-confessed bibliophile and avid reader, over the years I amassed a rather large book collection and always manage to give books to others and receive new books whenever possible.


My desire for books was nurtured early on in life when I was given free textbooks in school and workbooks to take home. Students were given the responsibility to cover their books with paper or a plastic book cover to care for the books. This was done because schoolbooks were returned at the end of the term and then passed on to new students at the beginning of the next term. Yes, that’s right schoolbooks were once free of charge and students were responsible for ensuring their safe return.


At this point I was hooked. Books became an instrument with which to learn more about the world and all its’ wonderful people and extraordinary places.

Fast forward to my college years and meeting students in different countries whose educational resources were limited, as well as those who had no means to acquire books on their own. Yet this wasn’t a challenge for me to witness. The question was simple, “How can I help?” The first step was to ensure that my personal library could be accessed and that’s just what happened. Boxes of books sorted through and then packed and shipped out to language centers, community organizations, small universities and individuals within the international community. Again, very simple.


It is easy for many of us to just buy books or to visit the local library and read volumes, and to even find books on the street. This isn’t the case for everyone. For some people  books are sometimes the only passport they have, the only means of travel into and to engage in the study of the many and diverse communities throughout the world. This sense of access helps in developing a greater sense of membership and aids in the development of more wholesome and less fragmented individuals.


I am currently a part of a team whose dedication to coordinating book drives and donating books is simply “not to be believed.” We do this work because we understand that educational resources are not available to everyone and we believe that access to education and tools to develop basic comprehension skills should be available to everyone who seeks them out.” 

Be well and thanks for your support.
ID Editor in Chief

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