When she was in the fourth grade, Alice Ozma and her father made a commitment to read together every night for 100 nights. After 100 nights, they didn’t want to stop, so they didn’t, reading together for 3,218 nights straight, until she went off to college.
Isn’t that sweet? Now Ozma has published a memoir about the experience, titled “The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared.” She’ll appear in La Verne on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave., to sign her book and talk about it. A natural question: Ask if she considered delaying college.
The event is also a kickoff to the store’s summer reading program. Says the store’s press release: “To encourage families to make their own ‘Reading Promise,’ Mrs. Nelson’s will be offering a 25 percent discount on all of the titles Ozma and her father read together (titles are listed in the book). Also, to help kids finish their summer reading assignments, Mrs. Nelson’s is offering 25 percent off of titles required by schools.”
Info: (909) 599-4558, www.mrsnelsons.com.
My first post-furlough task Monday morning was to go to the dedication of the remodeled Ontario City Hall, which I hope to write about here or in my column later this week. Anyway, it was nice to be back, and even nicer to be back on the payroll. (This economy is a killer.)
It wasn’t a bad week off. I bought a laptop, cleaned out closets, took bags of clothes and other items to Goodwill, took electronic waste to a dropoff center, went to L.A. via Metrolink a couple of times, visited some used bookstores, tidied up at home and paid to have my car washed by hand — first time I’ve ever done that (I’m more of a spray-it-myself guy).
But enough about me. What did I miss last week?
This postcard image shows the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Archibald Avenue in Cucamonga with the old Bank of America, with Vath’s drugstore and soda fountain next door. Jane Vath O’Connell sent me the postcard after reading this blog post about that intersection, which served as downtown Cucamonga in the old days.
B of A later moved across the street to the southeast corner.