Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Motivating Readers - A Lesson From My Mom

As my brother and sisters and I grew older, I remember my Mom wanting to do something outside of our home. She got a job as a school librarian at a small Catholic school near our home. She loved books and reading so it seemed like a perfect fit for her. I also remember her taking classes in library science at a nearby university to help her in her work. She did not have a college degree but she took this opportunity very seriously. If she was going to do something, she was going to do it well.

I have one very vivid memory of her time as a librarian and I love her so much for telling it. I am proud to be a daughter of a librarian who loved books and loved children.

Here's what she told me:

One day the principal of the school walked into the quiet library.  She had assumed that she would find a room of children glancing through the shelves of books and reading around library tables. But when she entered the room all she could hear was a quiet room. She was puzzled because she was sure that a class had been assigned library time.

My mom greeted her with a smile and noticed the questioning look on her face as though to say, "Where are the children?".  It wasn't long before a few heads popped out from under one of the library tables and greeted Sister with a smile. Sister was relieved to know they hadn't lost the children.

My mom knew how to motivated children to be readers. She let them read under the library tables! Her routine was well before her time when most students sat in rows of desks all day.  She had her students tucked away and relaxing under the library tables and they were reading!

I am participating in the 
March Slice of Life Challenge.
Each day we post our thoughts.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers!

Day 23 - Motivating Readers - A Lesson From My Mom


  1. Your mom sounds like a really special lady! My grandmother was a librarian in Chicago!

  2. Such a great story -says so much about who you are and your passions. I went to Catholic school for 13 years -- she was ahead of her time!

  3. Yes, your mother had that magic. I agree with Clare, I went to Catholic school too and Sister Ellen would have blown a gasket if we were under any table doing anything-- even learning.
    Thank you for sharing. This is a gift of words; beautiful portrait of your mother.

  4. Yup, that's the way to do it! It always drove me crazy when "rules" couldn't or wouldn't be broken once in a while!

  5. What a great story! You Mom worked reading magic.