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April 2, 2024

Reading opens doors: Konstantinos Marnelas | My Bookmark

Konstantinos Marnelas (he/him) is an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator for Reading Partners New York. His first memory of reading was collecting stickers in a magazine that had the dialogue from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “I used to buy stickers to fill in the gaps and have the full picture to be able to read the story.”

black beauty cover; reading opens doorsAs a kid, Konstantinos also loved Black Beauty. “I think I always liked horses and this book was very exciting for me. Also, my grandma used to read me that story all the time so it has a special place in my heart.”

Konstantinos has made reading a part of his life since he was little. While he doesn’t read as much as he used to, he knows there’s nothing like a good book before he falls asleep at night. “Books still are a part of my everyday life and I wouldn’t change that.”

He’s noticed that kids’ books nowadays more diverse and inclusive. “When I was a kid, growing up in rural Greece, the choices of books were limited. Nowadays it seems like there are so many to choose from.” 

Konstantinos believes that books can play a crucial part in empowering young students today. 

“Reading opens doors. Reading makes your thinking evolve and it takes you to places you’ve never been before. Students can gain so much from reading, especially now in such a fast digital time, where slowing down is almost impossible to do.”

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