Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Ashley Jylland-Hade, volunteer and human resources coordinator at the League for the Blind & Disabled.
"Do you know we have a free library here at 5821 S. Anthony Blvd.? The books are a mix of large and regular type, and we have many children's books, too. And we are always accepting volunteers; we want the younger generation to get involved — teenagers, college students, millennials.
"Currently, I'm reading a very silly book. It's 'Zombies: The Recent Dead.' It's a book of short stories, collected by Neil Gaiman. I've had it for a long time and had forgotten it, but I'm reading it because it is very well-written and fun.
"Before that, I read 'A Thousand Lives,' by Julia Scheeres. It's the story of Jim Jones and his church and how he convinced people to give up everything and move to Africa with him. He promised them and their children a better life. He urged they cut off all communication and used the Bible — and these people were easy to convince. 'Don't drink the Kool-Aid' became a well-used phrase because the people committed mass suicide drinking poisoned Kool-Aid.
"I got so furious reading this book I threw it across my bed, startling my two dogs. I was raised by a psychiatrist, so I understand manipulation. This whole Jonestown affair took place in November of 1978, and I'm surprised at how many people don't know about it.
"I cover all my bases with my choice of reading. I think the more you read, the more you expand your horizons. Reading is very important. I've always been a reader. I loved Shel Silverstein and 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and 'The Giving Tree.' And I still love Dr. Seuss. Later on, I read some 'Nancy Drew,' but I really read more 'Baby-Sitters Club.'
"I like reading so many things I really couldn't pick a favorite. I read all the 'Harry Potter' books and read (J.K.) Rowling's later books published under a pseudonym (Robert Galbraith) and especially remember 'The Silkworm.' I like to go to Hyde Brothers and wander around selecting books. Come to think of it, Stephen King is one of my favorites, and one of his books, 'Cell,' is a favorite. How far we've come as a society!"