My grandmother, Elizabeth Burns, was many things; a talented baker, a wonderful listener, a good friend, an art lover, a progressive thinker, a fan of cats, a committed water aerobics exerciser...
Of her many great qualities, one that especially stands out to me was her voracious love of reading.
She'd read the newspaper every morning while eating grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. If she found an article she thought would be of interest to anyone in my family she'd carefully cut it out and mail it to us with a handwritten note scribbled in the margins.
Every time we talked on the phone we'd discuss books. Most recently she was telling me about a series of murder mysteries she was reading to completion. They were okay she said.
The year Harry Potter came out I remember her chuckling to herself in her rocking chair. I asked her why she was laughing and she proceeded to explain Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans to me.
Just two weeks ago, she told me what it was like for her growing up.
She said, "I didn't have friends but I had the library."
We're raising money to honor her memory. If you aren't able to make a donation we ask that you please think about how funny Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans are or just go to your local library and appreciate how freaking cool libraries are