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Alice Ozma | The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared WITH Robert Strauss | Daddy’s Little Goalie

Tue, July 19, 2011 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Alice Ozma’s touching debut memoir The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared tells the story of her single father, an elementary school librarian, who read aloud to her every night, starting from when she was in fourth grade until the day she left for college, and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her. Reading with her father offered a comforting continuity, as they progressed from L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories to Shakespeare, for 3,218 nights. With its fantastic reading list and illustration of the parent-child bond, The Reading Promise is a powerful argument for the importance of libraries to children and the benefits of reading aloud to them.

Professional sports writer and University of Pennsylvania English professor Robert Strauss provides his perspective of life on the sidelines in Daddy’s Little Goalie: A Father, His Daughters, & Sports. Millions of girls succeeding on fields, courts, tracks, and pools have gathered quite a following, and among their most avid fans: their fathers. From the pride inspired by a daughter's first left-handed layup to shin-kicking action on the soccer field, the book offers humorous anecdotes about the father-daughter sporting dynamic based on his experiences rooting for his daughters, Ella and Sylvia.

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103