- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CORRY, Pa. (AP) - Just inside the door of Dylan Littlefield’s house are two floor-to-ceiling bookcases stacked with books.

Dylan’s room has two more full bookcases. On the front porch of his northwestern Pennsylvania house is a bin filled with books that he’s collected for a book drive at his school - a book drive he started.

“I love libraries! They’re awesome!” Dylan, 9, yells as he runs around, pulling books off the shelves - “Star Wars,” ”Harry Potter,” whatever.

“His first time walking into Blasco (Library, in Erie) he literally fell on his knees and just stared in awe at the number of books that were there,” said Dylan’s mom, Amy Littlefield.

Amy Littlefield, 45, and her husband, Bill, adopted Dylan in 2009 from Chengdu, China. Dylan, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sensory neuro hearing loss, has always used books as a way to cope.

“Books were one of the most calming things for him, even during the transition of adoption,” Amy Littlefield said. “On a 26-hour plane flight back to the United States we could hand him magazines and he would just look through them.”

Dylan, who was fitted with cochlear implants soon after he arrived in the U.S., kept up his reading with help from his parents and his teachers at Corry Area Primary School.

Last year, he started volunteering at the Great American Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, at the Villa Maria Center gymnasium. This year he set up his own table.

“He was pretty amazed that all the boxes kept getting delivered to him and that he was in charge,” Amy Littlefield said.

His experiences led Dylan to start a book drive for students at his school. Now, when the Littlefields go on book-buying sprees, Dylan isn’t just looking for himself.

Last year, he gave 900 books to other students at his school.

“He’s collecting books for his friends that maybe don’t get a chance to go to the library or can’t buy books on their own,” Amy Littlefield said.

“You can pick whatever you want to.” Dylan chimes in.

Dylan’s table full of books is a big attraction for his classmates.

“At recess when the weather is bad they all crowd around his table to look at the books,” his mother said.

The Littlefields are hoping to collect even more books this year to give away at Dylan’s school.

But for now, on a lazy morning in Wayne Township, there’s just Dylan zooming around the house.

“I love books!” he yells again as he pulls another book off the shelf, cracks it open, and enters another story.


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