06 July 2010

Soul of a Librarian

I am a book lover.  Actually, it goes far beyond that.  I have a raging, passionate love affair with books.  As a child, books were my best friends.  I would read under the covers at night, using my digital alarm clock for light.  My parents would have to enforce bedtime by taking away my reading materials.  Any where I went, I had to have a book with me.

The love affair that started in the early years of my youth, still burns with the same passion.  I continue to bring a book with me *everywhere* I go.  I feel naked without it.  I keep a book in the glove compartment of my car, just in case there is a quiet moment when I can read a few lines.

Being passionate about reading, I have often pondered how it is that I can raise my children to share this passion, as I put a good deal of value on this trait.  I believe that it is my duty to raise children that love to read.  As such, I have done a bit of reading (haha) into the subject.  What I have found, in the way of scholarly and expert advice, is this: teach by example. Experts believe that having parents and role models who love to read does more for a child's reading habits, than anything you can say or do for them.

My example:  
1) My children live in a house were the bookshelf, not the television, is the center of the common living space. 
2) They also have a personal bookshelf in their rooms, where their favorite books are kept. 
3) The kids see their father and me reading daily.  We also, in order to get more reading time, have established an hour or so when the kids must "chill."  During this time they can read, draw, or do anything that helps them relax and quiet down before bed.  Often, they choose to read.
4) The fourth, and final way (that I can think of right now) that I get my kids to read, is by letting them choose their own books. Be they comics or Dr. Seuss, we regularly go to the library and/or book store so they can choose their own reading materials.  This, I believe is crucial....

This is what I do to raise my kids to be passionate about reading.  How do you work to this end?  What are your suggestions?

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Angeliska said...

I love this! I was raised in a house of bibliophiles too. I think the number one most important thing a parent can do to get a child into books, and to also help them start reading on their own is to read to them every single night. I was reading by age 3 or 4, and my dad taught me on Dr. Seuss! My pop now teaches adult literacy, and has developed a method for teaching reading that is extremely effective. We don't learn to read through phonics, we learn by following along! I love storytime, and I have a great children's book collection! Maybe we can get together for a story this week?
xoxox - love, Angeliska

haunted farmgirl said...

What a strange time for you to focus on this!! I filled out my FAFSA again yesterday & I've decided that I am going to work towards a Masters of Library Science. I came to that decision after I looked at the jobs available at the Austin Public Library, & what the qualifications were... May I hit you up for some schooling advice soon, perhaps over coffee? My treat!

perfidia said...

Angeliska - The wee ones and I would LOVE to have story time with you!! Perhaps Sunday, as I have a final on Saturday. *ugh* I would also like to hear about your father's teaching methods....

Haunted Farmgirl - I, too, have considered a Masters in Library Science. I specifically am interested in becoming an archivist. To restore and preserve history, that would be a lovely job....