Library Encouragement Use To Kids
I was encouraged to read by my father. Each week, he used to come home with about five library books and he would let me pick one of them. He always told me that the future of human race depended on libraries. He loved fantasy novels and one of the best that I have ever picked from his collections is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. He would challenge me to read. If I managed to give a brief encounter of what the books was all about; then there was always a present for me. This was too tempting.
Eventually, it made me to start loving the library books
One day, when I was 12, he took me to a book fair. It was one of the most amazing experiences that helped shape my life and destiny. Though I was quiet young there was a lot to learn from the various writers present. Along with the encouragement that they gave us. Most of the population at the fair comprised of the youth and school children; whom I could easily identify with.
The book fair was held for two days. I ensured that I attended both of them. During the final day, there was an announcement about several essay competitions; which would be taking place some weeks after the fair. Those interested were supposed to make their application; so that they could be instructed how to make their submission. My dad encouraged me to take the challenge.
At first, I was quiet nervous because I wasn’t much of a writer. However I may have loved reading; but writing wasn’t my things. However, after some consideration, I decided to go for it. My dad had taught me the habit of taking a challenge if there was a promise of a reward. This was a challenge that I was ready to take. After all I had nothing to lose. I did make my application.
The library is the best place for research
Since it was a holiday and I was not going to school; I promised myself that for the next several weeks, I would spend time in the library preparing for the project. My dad helped me plan on the schedule that I would stick in for the next few weeks. He also gave me a few guidelines of how to be creative. Along with the format I needed to take. He then told me that I was man enough to figure out the rest and come up with something; which I felt would be a masterpiece.
Nonetheless, I did do my homework. I hadn’t been used to going to the local library. But now it was time to embrace it. Each day I would be there in the morning hours and do my research in the morning hours. Then I would spend some time putting my piece of writing together.
One thing which really amazed me was the discipline at the library; which I wasn’t used to. The staff there too was friendly and very supportive. It was also my time to meet other avid readers; some of them included kids from my school; whom I never thought used the library.
My project took about 3 weeks. When I was through, I wanted to have my dad help me with editing. But I thought against the idea. Therefore, I decided to ask a hand from the librarian who wholeheartedly helped me. I wanted my piece of work to be a surprise to my father when the completion results were announced. I knew he would be there and from what the librarian told me, I had done an amazing job.
How the library inspired me to be a book lover
Indeed my work was amazing. This was attested during the completion day when all the participants and other parties gathered at the hall. That day I was quiet anxious. I didn’t know what to expect. Yet, I knew that I had done an amazing job. My dad was with me. Therefore, I sensed that he could feel my tension; especially after the preliminaries and speeches were over. It was time for announcement.
The essay had been categories according to age. My category was on the third cohort. I was tense through the announcements of the first and second cohorts. Then came time for the third cohort, and I became tenser. The third run-up was announced and then the second. I was now more nervous as the master of ceremony announced the winner. Guess was it was me. I couldn’t hide my joy as I hugged my dad amid tears and went ahead to collect my prize; a medal, some cash, a batch of books. As well as two full-years subscriptions for some more books and magazines. My dad was very proud and happy for me
It was from this time that I fell totally in love with the library. I started frequenting the local library since then. After high school, I decided to volunteer there for several months; before joining college. I was more passionate in helping kids live the library. From then on, I always tried my best to inspire them to love books.