A Child’s Love Of Reading: A Post-Script

Hi, I’m Patrick Sammon, Jr.  I’m the Vice President of Marketing and Media for Independent Tutoring Services Inc. and TutorYou.co.  You’ll be hearing from me a lot here, and I hope to hear from you too!  This is a two-way conversation.

I say this next statement loud and proud.  I’m a lifelong reader, thanks to very cool, involved and encouraging parents.  This vital skill was instilled in me as a child by my parents: my late father Pat, and my mother Carol, the President of this Company.

Please allow me to give you an idea of where this blog post is coming from and what the heart and soul of Independent Tutoring Services Inc. and TutorYou.co is:  the art of reading, the art of enjoying reading, and the ability to read different types of material.  A long time ago, a conversation ensued in our house about necessary skills to survive in the future, a college education notwithstanding.  THE biggest and important skill: the ability to read.  Many have it. Many do not.

Growing up, reading was a ‘must-do’ activity and a needed skill today that was heavily emphasized upon and encouraged.  It was as much fun to me as going out and riding my bike, playing baseball, dancing, you name it.  It still is.  I never missed out on an opportunity to read and be read to.  Some of my happiest childhood memories were sitting with my mother and father, reading, whether it was the newspaper, books from the library, manuals from new tools Dad bought, scripts when I got into drama and theatre.

The local library was five minutes from our house and was a second home to me.  Much time was spent there; many hot days, rainy days, cold days, nice days, late nights (until they threw us out!) when I wanted new books on different subjects or the next release in a series or something for school.  During the summer, weekends, and school breaks, Mom and Dad used to ask: “Pool or library?”  It was split 60/40 with the library tipping the scale.  Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Rosemary Wells and her “Max and Ruby” series were in heavy rotation.

I am a child of the 1980’s.  Available to us at the time was cable TV with 50 channels, 4 major broadcast networks, video games were in their heyday, VHS and BETA videotapes, and FM music radio was king.  You were cool if your parents had a cordless landline phone.  You were cooler if your parents had a car phone or a brick cellular phone.  Personal computers were devices you toyed with once a week in school as a special.  The Internet?  “Oh, you mean BBS,” says the kid down the street with a 400 baud modem and a Commodore 64 in his room.

Think of what the kids have now; smartphones, laptops, the Internet at high speeds, lifelike video games, hundreds if not thousands of cable, satellite or telco TV channels, video-on-demand.  I have many of these things as an adult now.

Books and reading took the crown for me then, which holds true for me today.

How about you?  What are your memories of reading?  Your first book?  Your library experiences?


2 thoughts on “A Child’s Love Of Reading: A Post-Script

  1. Jessica W.

    I’m also a child of the 1980’s… you know, back when it was okay for a child’s imagination to run wild and MTv ACTUALLY played MUSIC VIDEOS! Anyway, reading was always a big deal in my house growing up. I still remember a lot of the stories my mom would read to me at bedtime (she did all the character voices the best). As I got older and read more on my own, my favorite childhood author was Beverly Cleary, and later on in high school, it was Jane Austen. As an adult, I still love to read! And when I became a mother eight years ago, I made sure to instill the same values and love for reading into my daughter, and guess what? Even with all this new technology that she has available to her, reading is one of her favorite things to do. And I do have to say that it brought a tear to my eye when she discovered Beverly Cleary last year (my mother-in-law bought her the Ramona box set for Christmas) and she became my daughter’s favorite author too.
    And as far as the library goes, I’ve always had a library card and so does my daughter. Trips to the library are always fun with her, and I can’t help but smile when her face lights up when she finds a book that she thinks is totally awesome and she can’t wait to read it!

    1. Shelley

      I am not a product of the 80’s. Oh, no. As you know, Patrick, I am a product of the 50’s and 60’s. But the love of reading was instilled in me at a very young age, and in turn, I did my best to return the favor to my children. Books were everywhere in our house. They were reading at 5 and they have never stopped. Any trips in the car included books, even if it was just the ride to school, which was 10 miles. ANd now my granddaughter (6) loves to read. It’s so true…if you can read, you can accomplish just about anything. When I worked in a kindergarten class, we told the kids if they wanted to drive a car or get a job doing anything, you need to be able to read. Oh, and by the way, I still like to hold the real thing in my hands. I have no need of a Nook or Kindle. Give me the book (usually a paperback just in case I fall asleep while I’m reading in bed. The hardcover hurts more when it falls on me.


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