I was given an opportunity today. I was called, along with two of my co-workers, to fill in as the leaders at children's story time. Our children's librarian has a family illness, so that left the pinch hitters to pick up story time and run with it. I am certain of only one thing about this improvised story time we created - next week when the regular leader returns, the children will be eternally grateful.
But this experience reminded me of something very powerful. One of those things that I know as well as I know my name, but along the way knowledge sometimes gets pushed aside in my crowded brain. The lesson is simple, which also might be why it gets forgotten. But here is the thought in all its simple glory - it all comes down to a child and a book.
Lifelong readers are created by parents who want more for their children. They read to those babies and toddlers and by preschool time, that child knows a few words on their own. By kindergarten time, the child is acing those sight words and rolling through school with very small hurdles.
So today, I encourage you to take the time to read to a child. Let them see you reading, so they understand what a pleasurable pastime reading can be. Help them select a book that will appeal to their personality. Be the person that helps make that connection of a child and a book. You will never forget it!
- Cathy Farley, Library Director