"The world needs books! What would the world be like without books? They fuel our mind like cars and gas! The cars can't go without gas. Our brains can't go without books. The world needs books. We. Need. Books. It would break my heart if one book was lost. If just a page, just a word, just a letter was gone. I would be heartbroken. What would the world do without books? It would be empty. Like a bucket without water. Like a brain without knowledge. Like a file cabinet without papers. We need books. The world would be black and white without books. The world would be blank without books. A long time ago, it was blank, until books came to the world. And everything was opened up. Colors came. Inventors were born. Inventions were made. The world was a better place. And that all started with books."
That's the monologue 8-year-old Madison delivered when a reporter from Cleveland's WKYC —who very clearly was not expecting such a passionate message — asked her what she thought of her neighborhood's participation in the Little Free Library program.
And that's not even the whole interview. This kid's love for reading knows no bounds. She should have all the books she wants, any time she wants them. And we should figure out how to make sure no books are ever lost, so her heart doesn't break.
Little Free Library puts small structures designed for lending and borrowing books in communities that don't have full libraries. And it may have just found its spokesperson.