Writer’s Name: Tamyara Brown
Title: Twenty Minutes a Day! Let’s read!
I was an eleven-year-old girl looking for a place to find peace; a place where I could sit quietly and do what I loved the most -- Read! The library was my sanctuary and a place I could call home; it helped me to escape from the realities of the harsh circumstances I lived and endured. In all honesty I could have chosen so many other places to go. I lived in the heart of NYC but it was the library that gave me a safe place to go.
I walked into those library doors and that first step changed my life. All I could think is what a beautiful place. The warm feeling inside of me was like no other as I held that library card that was issued to me and being able to get the books I wanted. I don't know why but the first book I picked up was ‘Little House on the Pairie’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I can remember being lost in her world and couldn’t wait to do it all over again. The love affair increased when I picked up the book that I related to -- ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker. I read that book in one night and it gave me the belief that my life could and would change for the better.
Reading has saved my life and has become a part of my everyday habit. You will always find me with a book or a magazine; and nowadays my kindle is open to a great read. Reading has allowed my mind to travel to far lands, experiencing different cultures and behaviors. I have learned about my heritage and history by reading about the Harlem renaissance to rich essence of African folklore from Nigeria.
I want to take full credit for the love of reading but it was my mother who fostered in me to need read twenty minutes a day. I couldn’t walk out the door without reading. My mother instilled in me that reading would save my life which when I was younger I didn’t understand. Now as an adult I fully understand the power to read a job application, medical information, contracts and instructions. I can remember her reading to me at the age of four and me never wanting her to say “ The End.” I am grateful for my mother instilling in me the love of reading.
As a mother today I enforce the rule of reading twenty minutes a day and in the summer reading a total of seven books. I began reading to my children in the womb and on their first birthday I gave them the gift of their first book. As parents, passing on the love of reading is not only fundamental but also a necessity. We all are familiar with children who simply can’t read and that process begins at home. Enforcing the twenty-minute rule to read should be a part of a child’s everyday habit. My children now thank me for love of reading.