Congrats to our winner Jeannine!
Until about the age of 12,Â while living in Brooklyn, although my adolescent experiences were certainly influenced by the fabric of theÂ eighties pop cultureâ€”I wore shoulder pads , wished upon Madonna’s lucky star and was enamored with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, I certainly never felt truly understood in my desire to straddle both my religious upbringing with the seductive allure of secular America culture. In a sense I guess I felt trapped- in a world that I was born into, where (in my personal experience) one’s faÃ§ade seemed to be more valued than one’s character.
Then, one afternoon sitting in my basement browsing through books which didn’t make the living room bookshelf cut; whose pages were mostly yellowed, dog-eared and ripped, I found a copy of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. To say that reading it had a profound effect on me, would probably be an understatement. It was more that I felt like Holden Caulfield was me; besieged by adults and practices he found unbearable and phony, wishing he could escape but being a kid- was pretty much powerless to do so.
Never had I felt such a kinship with a character, who seemed to articulate all that my immature 12-year-old vocabulary couldn’t. More so, the fact that the author JD Salinger,Â as an adult, was the one writing aboutÂ this character- filled me with a sense that eventuallyÂ I would be okay and find a soft place where I could land; nervous breakdown and all.
I’m sure I’m just one of millions of readers who felt an almost spiritual connection with Mr. Salinger and his books (yes after reading Catcher in the Rye, I devoured Franny and Zooey , Raise high the roof beam, carpenters and Seymour: an introduction (1963)) and for that I am eternally grateful.
Studies show that a childâ€™s access to books â€“ both at school and at home â€“ is a key indicator to future academic success.Â Still, the majority of kids in low income neighborhoods donâ€™t have books in their homes.
With the importance of childhood reading in mind, Capital One has launched Book by Book, a multifaceted program that provides little ones across the country with books for their schools and for their home. In partnership with The Heart of America Foundation and Communities In Schools, Capital Oneâ€™s Book by Book asks consumers to join them in making access to books easier for ALL kids.Â Keep reading forÂ THREE ways you can help to make this campaign aÂ SUCCESS!
Like = Book: One book donated to children and libraries in need for every Like on the Capital One Investing for Good Facebook page
Â Custom Home Library Sweepstakes: Consumers can enter for the chance to win a custom home library created by designer and TV host (HGTV and Food Network), Taniya Nayak.
Â·Weekly Library in Box Prizes â€“ Each week of the promotion Capital One will award a box of 30 age-appropriate books to one person. Bonus: winners also receive an additional box to gift to a school or child in need in their community.
In honor of Book by Book whichÂ runs through November 25 and to inspire you to join Capital One in putting books into the hands of young readers we are giving one lucky READER a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Giftcard leave a comment here that you Liked the Capital One Investing for Good Facebook page. (Remember ONE Like =Â One book donated to children and libraries in need)Â For another chance to win aÂ You must subscribe to our YouTube ChannelÂ and leave a comment here that you subscribed. For another entry you can LIKE us on Facebook! For another entry you can follow Melissa Chapman on Pinterest for another entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for another entry you can Follow @MelissasChapman on Twitter. Good LUCK! Giveaway ends November 13 th!