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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?