Day 5: Share your own story about what or who fostered the love of reading in yourself.
This is a hard one for me. Because I’ve been reading for so long, that I really can’t pin-point it down to one event or one happening. I was reading before I entered Pre-K. My mom had put me in a little program, really day care – and by the time I was in Kindergarten I was already reading. So, really all the credit goes to my mother. She made sure I had a book in my hand, and while she liked to read and still does, my father was the more voracious reader, always with a book in his hand. But, it was my mom that sat with me, taught me to read and read to me. She put me on the path and fostered this intense love for reading. She had even picked my name from a character in a book, Anne of Green Gables. Yes – the matron Rachel. Hard to admit, but it’s true.
Then I have to say it blossomed in school, after 4th grade. My first school did not have a library, or if it did, I don’t remember. We didn’t go. But, I was switched halfway through 4th grade into a school called Our Lady of Prompt Succor, in an outlining parish called St. Bernard Parish. They had a small library, but they allowed us to go to the library and check out books, spend time in the library and read. Just read. I was blown away! I found books like:
I can’t remember the librarians name, it was too long ago. But, if I could, I would thank her, because I doubt I would have grabbed these books on my own. The fact that I still remember the books and authors to this days, books that I read when I was 9 years old – and can tell you the basics of the plot and character names – and I haven’t reread them (well most of them) – is a testament to how powerful these books were to my young mind. So, thank you unnamed Librarian of OLPS during the years of 1987 – 1992 – you rock. Thank you mom! You rock for more reasons then this…but thank you for fostering my love of reading.