We want to take this time to give a shout-out to all those people who not only ignite the interest in reading and writing but those who then stoke those flames throughout the years. The Reno editing gals at Pypeline Editing know of quite a few people who deserve thanks and credit for keeping literacy alive.
- Librarians: Coincidentally, National School Librarian Day is tomorrow so remember to thank your local school librarian in person, and then convince others to do the same by using the hashtag #SchoolLibrarianDay on social media. School librarians are not only around books, but they are also around young minds. Who better to convince young people to read?
- Parents: Some parents kick it up a notch and read to unborn fetuses who are still in the womb. I am not a doctor or a scientist, so I cannot prove this leads to a lifelong love of reading, but it certainly cannot hurt! Give your parents a hug, because chances are they may still be supporting your love to read as it transformed into your love of writing.
- Teachers: A teacher doesn’t have to teach English to convince students that reading is cool. I can think of history teachers, biology teachers, and anthropology teachers who inspired me to read. The easiest way to do so? By being excited about books too. A teacher who is excited about a book, and shares that book with students, is fueling a love for reading, probably without realizing.
- Friends: A person does not have to be an authority figure to convince young minds, and even adult minds, to read. Your friends are going to be a treasure trove for great reading material, all you need to do is ask and you may be introduced to genres you’ve never tried or authors you’ve never heard of.
So, to conclude, this is a shout-out to all those readers and dreamers, all those teachers and librarians, all those parents and friends, who love to read and transfer that love of reading onto others. What the world needs is a population of readers, because readers are thinkers and thinkers are extraordinary.