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Recalling fond memories of reading
I got hooked on books in Grade 4 when I discovered Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven and The Famous Five mysteries at the public library in my hometown.
I have fond memories of the time spent in that library aisle looking with eager anticipation through the shelves for the next book in the series.
Our young imaginations stimulated, my pal Jim and I soon became secret sleuths — "shadowing" people around town and conjuring up all kinds of motives for their suspicious, yet completely innocent, daily activities.
Books were never strangers again.
Among my greatest memories as a parent are the almost nightly reads with our children. We had amazing escapes and compelling, repeated journeys. Reading with children is a powerful time to bond and helps ensure they develop a lifelong skill that increases their chances for future success and joy.
February is I Love to Read Month, a tradition where many of our schools promote the importance of literacy and the joy of a good book. This year I visited with Ms. Kosanouvong’s Grade 3/4 class at Inkster School and read one of my favourites. In the book G is for Golden Boy: A Manitoba Alphabet, by Larry Verstraete, we discovered which town is nicknamed the "Polar Bear Capital of the World," which lake is the largest in Manitoba, and who we recognize each year as our province’s "Father of Confederation."
That day also happened to be Principal Sandy Intrater’s last at Inkster School after 12 dedicated years. We wish her well as she takes on new challenges at Lord Nelson School.
In our community we’re lucky to have two great places where people of all ages can always find a good book: the St. John’s and West Kildonan Public Libraries. As a matter of fact I was able to find more than just books at the St. John’s Library. I first got involved in local politics in the early ‘90s when the city tried to close St. John’s Library, the only library in Winnipeg’s North End. Fortunately, folks around here are made of tough stuff and together we saved the library for future generations.
I hope you and your family are able to carve out some time to read together, whether on paper or on screen. I encourage you to take advantage of your child’s school library or our two public libraries. Thank you to the many teachers, parents and avid readers who happily share the books and the skills that form the secret to success.
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(2 of 11 articles for this month)03/11/2014 11:18 AM 0
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