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The very act of reading can stimulate imaginations, change perspectives, improve vocabulary and spelling, educate and entertain. And though the way we access the printed word may be changing, most people still enjoy a good book.

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Daniel Mollenkamp of the Village Seven area is a full-time student

Do you like to read? Yes, especially the classics: Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Can you think of one particular book that changed your outlook on life? It would have to be Les Miserables. It's such a great story of redemption.

Do you read books, or do you have an electronic reader? I love books, especially paperbacks, and I love used bookstores. Maybe at some point I'll have to go to electronic readers, but I'll fight it as long as I can.

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Gayla Sandy of Harrison, Ark., works in IT quality assurance

Do you like to read? Yes! I just finished reading The Help. I saw the movie, too, but the book has so much more detail. I've been a reader most of my life, since I was around 6 or 7 years old.

What do you look for when you choose a book? Mostly suspense, or feel-good books. Or books that make you think, like Outliers.

What's the most profound book you've ever read? That would have to be the Bible, and I still read it today.

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Jason Downs of Manitou Springs works in the restaurant business

Do you like to read? No, I don't really read a lot; I can't find any books I like. If I had a Kindle, I'd probably read a lot more. I like to read Kush Magazine, though.

How about in high school? Didn't you have required reading? Yes, we had to read To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm, and The Most Dangerous Game, but if I'm forced to read them I find them really uninteresting. To Kill a Mockingbird seemed really monotonous.

Have you read any books just for fun? Yes, I read four Dr. Seuss books last year. I really liked them.

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Lil Renaud of the south side works in retail

Do you remember how old you were when you started to read? I can't remember a time when I didn't read.

Is there any one book that had a profound effect on you? Yes, The Lord of the Rings. I read it when I was young, and then I read it to my children, and now I read it to my grandchildren. I keep seeing it differently, as my age and perspective changes.

Have you ever thought of writing a book? No, but if I did, I know it would be X-rated!

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