This afternoon I poked my head into the elementary school library at Chadwick School where I work and there were all these mesmerized second graders lounging in the bean bag chairs reading their books. I kid you not; my heart leapt with joy! I'm a life-long reader and a lover of libraries--and it helped that my grandson Henry was one of the kids in the beanbags. Also, the heralding of spring always makes me more aware and appreciative of the "little" things going on around me.
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy
"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943
In this age of rapidly increasing technology there are huge changes taking place with reading and with libraries, but my school still places a high value on instilling the basics in all the students. And all the local libraries do the same. Sure, kids everywhere these days are familiar with computers, iPads and smart phones, but most I know still read three-dimensional books. I know that a tangible book is still my preference most times.
How is a grandma to resist? The guy in the front in the Marmot hat with side flaps is my grandson Henry. His parents introduced their boys to books as soon as they were born and both of them love to read.
I've been so preoccupied lately with finishing off 1Q84 in my personal time that I've gone underground with the Internet. Tonight I hope to finish this book. What an unusual head trip this book took me on.
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables