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A love affair with books


February 19, 2021

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Students in Wrenshall are creating alternate covers for favorite books.

In English, we have the term bookworm to describe someone who is always reading. According to historian Nick Kapur, most every other language has a similar phrase. In Spanish and French there is book rat, in Finnish there is chapter maggot, and in Norwegian there is reading horse.

All describe animals consuming and devouring books, something that some of us can relate to, especially given the relentless subzero temperatures and increased time in isolation.

Wrenshall library media assistant Chloe Swanson is what would be called a book moth in Swedish. She has designed a host of activities to...

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