A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Book 1 Discussion 2

One of my favorite chapters is the one where Francie goes to the library.  Could there be a more magical chapter than Chapter 2 of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for any reader?

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”

What is Francie’s relationship to reading and writing? Why is it important?