As a child I struggled with learning how to read. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia at an early age, and it showed. I couldn’t achieve the same reading speed as my classmates. This drove me crazy. It frustrated me to the point where I didn’t even want to touch a book anymore. It discouraged me from wanting to learn.
One teacher took an interest in me. She sat me down in her office and took out a book on tape. Before she pressed play, she opened a paper copy of that book up to the first page. She handed it to me and told me to follow along. I struggled at first, but I got it, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading again.
Now this is where libraries came into the equation. Books on tape are awesome, but expensive. Other than occasionally splurging on the newest Harry Potter book on tape, I didn’t have the money to get the materials I needed. My teacher directed me to a section in my local library completely filled with books on tape for all ages. From then on I was hooked. I began reading more and more. With every book my speed improved. My local library ended up providing me with the materials I needed to excel.
This past May I graduated from The George Washington University with cum laude status. Without a caring teacher and a local library, I never would have gotten to far. Support you local libraries and please, donate any books on tape you may have lying around. You never know how much they might help a struggling child.