Growing up reading was my escape. I read every chance I could. My parents told me children were born into the world to service their parents, and serve them I did. I came home from school to day's worth dirty of dishes, unmade beds in every room, vacuuming, bathrooms, weeding and in season mowing of grass. Not to mention laundry, younger sibling's diapers and entertainment. I had to make the evening meal and clean up after. It was up to me to help the younger children with their homework and give them their baths. It was up to me to snap to attention whenever my mother wanted a snack or something from another room. Nothing was to keep her waiting more than two minutes. I did all this and kept an A average at school. My mother's addiction wasn't drinking or drugs but TV. It angered her that I read so much but I read everything the school library offered and walked to the local library and read everything offered there. I was careful to never have an over due fine as every penny I earned went into my mother's pocket. She never understood my love of reading and told me I would never marry or have children as 'No one cares for a reader" I graduated went to college, married a fellow reader, and had children that learned the love of words. My children all graduated in the top third of their class. The library has been my "Cinderella" story. It has allowed me to live happily ever after.
When I brought my son to an evening program, and looked around at the other kids, I noticed that these were the same kids I have been seeing at the library for the last nine years. Some families take advantage of the library's resources, and we see them over and over again at library events. The interesting thing is that I see these same kids at school, receiving awards for top grades, and in the gifted program at school. Bring your kids to the library. Kids who read succeed!
CHAMBERLAIN branch of ASCPL was my escape place growing up. With working parents, a live-in grandfather, and sometimes bothersome siblings, I would walk to "my place" nearly a mile away. I could be found sitting on a wooden stool in the corner of the non-fiction shelving reading by myself. Over the days, months, and eventually years, I read every book on subjects that interested me. I was always excited when a book I hadn't read yet was returned to it's place by the librarian. I don't remember checking too many books out and taking them home, maybe because then my family would know where I often disappeared to. That was the beginning of my romance with libraries that led to my 30 year career of library employment.
I love to read, and our library is welcoming and service-oriented. The computer classes are great, and the staff delivers superb service. The library makes my work much easier by providing cutting-edge technology and fast wireless service. I can send and receive e-mail, and access my online files from my laptop, while I work in the quiet area. The calmness and peacefulness of the library's atmosphere sets it apart from other wireless hotspots. The library empowers me to work better and work smarter. Thanks SMFPL!