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  • - Hi, I'm Barack Obama.

  • - And I'm Michelle.

  • - Welcome to Live from the Library.

  • Today we thought we'd read you a story.

  • - I remember my first trip to the library

  • and how important I felt.

  • It was around age four, my library card was a key

  • that unlocked a world of knowledge and experiences.

  • - Public libraries are essential institutions

  • and that's why we're bringing a new branch

  • of the Chicago Public Library to the

  • Obama Presidential Center on the South Side.

  • When it opens, it will give families one more chance

  • to explore their interests, learn and engage

  • with their communities.

  • And we're excited for you to visit one day.

  • - We are excited also to share today's book,

  • The Word Collector

  • written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

  • - We chose this book because it illustrates

  • the transformative power of words.

  • I love words.

  • - Yeah, your favorite.

  • So, let's get started.

  • - Okay.

  • The Word Collector.

  • Collectors collect things.

  • Some people collect stamps.

  • Some people collect coins.

  • Others collect rocks.

  • Some collect art.

  • Some collect bugs.

  • Others collect baseball cards.

  • Some people collect comic books.

  • And Jerome?

  • What did he collect?

  • - Jerome collected words.

  • He collected words he heard.

  • My Trip to Peru was perfectly pleasant.

  • Certain words caught his attention.

  • - [Barack Obama] He collected words he saw.

  • Willow Tea Shoppe.

  • Certain words jumped out at him.

  • - He collected words he read.

  • Emerald.

  • Certain words popped off the page.

  • - Short and sweet words.

  • Spark.

  • Bloom.

  • Drift.

  • Dream.

  • Two-syllable treats.

  • Treasure.

  • Motive.

  • Whisper.

  • Glimmer.

  • Hover.

  • Candid.

  • - And multi-syllable words that sounded like songs.

  • Guacamole.

  • Kaleidoscope.

  • Wonderful.

  • Geometry.

  • Symphony.

  • - There were words he did not know the meaning of at first,

  • but they were marvelous to say.

  • Aromatic.

  • Vociferous.

  • Effervescent.

  • - There words who's sounds were perfectly suited

  • to their meaning.

  • Molasses.

  • Torrential.

  • Smudge.

  • Bellow.

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • - Jerome filled his scrapbooks

  • with more and more

  • of his favorite words.

  • - [Michelle] Jerome's collections grew.

  • He began organizing them.

  • Dreamy.

  • Science.

  • Sad.

  • Action.

  • Poetic.

  • One day, while transporting them

  • - Jerome slipped and his words went flying.

  • - [Michelle] Oh my goodness.

  • As he began to pick them up he noticed his collections

  • had become jumbled.

  • Big words next to little words.

  • Sad words next to dreamy words.

  • - Jerome began stringing words together.

  • Words he had not imagined being side by side.

  • - He used his words to write poems.

  • He used his poems to make songs.

  • They moved.

  • They delighted.

  • - Some of his simplest were his most powerful.

  • I understand.

  • I'm sorry.

  • Thank you.

  • You matter.

  • - [Michelle] Jerome eagerly collected more and more

  • of his favorite words.

  • - The more words he knew, the clearly he could share

  • with the world what he was thinking, feeling and dreaming.

  • One breezy afternoon, Jerome climbed the highest hill,

  • pulling a wagon packed with his word collection.

  • - He smiled as he emptied his collection of words

  • into the wind.

  • - He saw children in valley below scurrying about

  • collecting words from the breeze.

  • - Jerome had no words to describe how happy that made him.

  • The end.

  • That was beautiful.

  • - I love that book.

  • - He's the word guy.

  • - I like words.

  • - And he looks kind of like Jerome too.

  • They have the same ears.

  • - Mine are a little bigger than Jerome's.

  • - A lot bigger.

  • (laughter)

  • Thanks for being with us.

  • Hope you enjoyed today's book, see you soon.

  • - Bye bye.

- Hi, I'm Barack Obama.

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