Laurelanne Bellezzo, Missouri River Regional Library Foundation president

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Laurelanne Bellezzo, Missouri River Regional Library Foundation president

Laurelanne Bellezzo, Missouri River Regional Library Foundation president, said during the few years she spent as a teacher she would ask her first grades to close their eyes while she read.

"I would then ask them what something or someone looked like to help demonstrate how reading does spark imagination," Bellezzo said.

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