• From sci-fi to Seuss, what Blaine Tolison is reading

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    For the third year, Channel 9 has teamed up with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for 9 Books for Kids, so we're finding out about some of our anchors’ favorite books.

    As a new father, Blaine Tolison has found himself shelving his favorite sci-fi reads and picking up a lot more Dr. Seuss books.

    The Foot Book and The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss

    Dr. Seuss books are always great classics and they help children develop an interest in reading. They're funny, have great pictures and teach children numbers and how to count.

    Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Animals, by Dorling Kindersley

    In the picture, I’m reading Benjamin a baby animals book. It’s not just any book, it’s a touch and feel book, which is really great for babies because they can literally see and touch the pictures and words and learn so much from them.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Inspiration for Blade Runner, by Philip K. Dick

    While growing up, I was always drawn to sci-fi books. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is one of my favorite books. Books are an escape. This book takes you to another place and time.

    Now through April 12, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Channel 9 asks the community to donate new or gently used books for children and teens at all Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations. Additionally, three 9 Family Focus community business partners have chosen to collect books at their Mecklenburg county locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services.

    You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link: 9 Books for Kids.

    All donated books will be distributed by the library to area children and teens through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Outreach Services without the need to check out and return the books. More information is available by clicking here.

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