What locals are reading...
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When reading stories to children at Ketchum’s Community Library, attorney Reginald Reeves is a study in contrasts. At first, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel’s commanding voice and distinguished stature seem better suited to addressing a courtroom or giving orders. But, as his wife, Beverly, says, as soon as he sits down on the floor and starts speaking the language of Dr. Seuss, “He’s like a magnet with the kids. They’ll come up and sit on his lap. He adores children, and they adore him.”
Reeves, who lives in Ketchum, spends most weekdays in Idaho Falls practicing family law. The commute doesn’t stop the Greensboro, North Carolina, native from being a tireless volunteer, however. In addition to regular storytelling at the Community Library, Reeves helped develop Dial-A-Story, a program designed to get kids more interested in reading. “Children can call the library at any time of day or night and choose from more than a hundred different stories,” Reeves explains. As it turns out, his storytelling-by-phone is such a hit that kids from all over the country have been calling in.
When he isn’t promoting literacy, Reeves collects surplus food, clothing, books, and toys from local businesses and distributes them to homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, and other nonprofit organizations. Several years ago, he also helped start a high-tech elementary school for children in Guatemala, recruiting a company to build the school and gathering secondhand computers from various donors. “I try to keep busy,” he says.
Reeves’s mother was a teacher, which may help explain his lifelong passion for education and literature. As an inquisitive preschooler, he made regular visits to the college library near his Greensboro home. “The librarian designated a stool for me,” he says. “When she left for lunch, my stool was moved up to the front desk, and I ran the library.” He was only about four years old at the time, but already an avid reader.
“I read a variety of things. I love history. I enjoyed the Jean Auel series, starting with The Clan of the Cave Bear. Not too long ago, I read a series about Republican Rome. For fiction, I’ve read most of the Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes books and the Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers. I read all of Ridley Pearson’s books, and have all of his first editions autographed. When I don’t have time or I’m unable to read, I listen to books on tape. I just finished The Iliad and The Odyssey while driving back and forth from Idaho Falls.” >>>