It was a dark blue bag, embroidered letters in gold that spelled VLAD, this bag was my nemesis. Every week this bag would go to school with my son and it would return home filled with a book he couldn’t read. He was in 2nd grade, had a stutter, and couldn’t read, he was so frustrated he stopped trying, he had simply given up.
As his Mother I was able to do a lot of things for him, this particular “thing” I couldn’t fix, I didn’t even know how, or where to start. I did what I could and sent that blue library bag back and forth knowing it would come home filled with frustration and disappointment.
In 2007 we were given a gift in the form of a quirky book, stuck somewhere between fiction and comic. Out of that damn bag came Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The conversation that night was the same “Ok Vlad, sit down and read, give it a go for 20 minutes”. The outcome of that night was vastly different. I had done dishes, made the next days lunch and realized I hadn’t seen or heard Vlad in close to an hour. I peeked into his room and saw him READING… Really Reading and enjoying it.
He checked that book out 3 weeks in a row so he could finish it; and finish it he did, cover to cover that book. This booked changed my life that night and so did the books that followed. It taught me there is a book for everyone and you have to keep looking. It also shaped my future, I have pursued a career in Library Science and have become a steward for this Little Free Library. Under my watch no child will ever be without access to a good book, or someone to guide them into the world of reading. Together we can, Together we will.