“I love historical fiction because there’s a literal truth, and there’s an emotional truth, and what the fiction writer tries to create is that emotional truth.” ~ Jewell Parker Rhodes, author.

Participating in a Summer Reading challenge is a fantastic opportunity to try reading something that is entirely new to you or to delve deeper into a subject that interests you. Many readers and writers are fascinated by WWII. This week, June 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day: Operation Overlord. According to documents from the Library of Congress, “In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Americans received word that three years of concerted war efforts had finally culminated in D-day—military jargon for the undisclosed time of a planned British, American, and Canadian action. During the night, over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. The goal of every soldier and civilian involved in that effort was to drive the German military back to Berlin by opening a western front in Europe that ultimately led to the war’s end.”

To learn more about the courageous people who served in and lived through WWII, visit your local library. Libraries carry a wide variety of materials on the topic, including non-fiction and fiction books as well as DVDs. A couple of our favorites are Dunkirk (available on DVD) and The Librarian Spy (a book by Madeline Martin). And remember, everything you read will count if you are participating in your library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Be sure to check that out too!

“A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” ~ Robert Heinlein, author.

Source:  https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/june-06/ Accessed: May 29, 2024